Police think a home invasion at Parafield Gardens in northern Adelaide involved mistaken identity.
Two men have kicked in a screen door as they broke into a woman's home in Lavender Drive, just after midnight.
Police said the men were holding branches as they stormed into the house.
Senior Constable Kynan Lang said it was evident the men were looking for someone.
"They've made quite specific demands, they were obviously looking for someone and when they found the 64-year-old woman it wasn't who they were looking for so sadly she had her handbag stolen," he said.
"Bit of confused identities or perhaps the wrong information, but sadly she was a victim and we're looking for those men."
The woman involved, Kate, said it was the third time she had been the victim of a home invasion in recent months.
"They had two bloody big tree branches, I wasn't arguing with them," she told reporters.
"I don't want to get hit in the head with them or poked in the stomach with them.
"I think the intimidation of anyone, no matter how old they are, is despicable."
Kate said she had been packing her things to move out but was now unable to do so.
"How can I? They have all my money. I don't even have enough money to buy my poor dog's food."