A heaton oil storage tank in Church Road, Upper Boddington was targeted by a would-be burglar on Monday night between 8pm and 8am the following day.
The offender tried to force the lid of the tank, which was kept in the back garden of a house, but failed to get inside it.
They then tried to gain entry into the house through a ground floor bedroom window. They failed to get in as it is believed they may have been disturbed.
No property was stolen.
Anyone with any information can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org