Burglary gang hit Miriam O'Callaghan's home and steal her car
RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan is in shock after she was targeted by burglars at her south Dublin home.
The broadcaster has become the latest victim of "fishing", where her car keys were stolen while she slept in the house with her children.
The Herald can reveal that the Prime Time presenter (56) was left reeling after waking up last weekend to find her Audi had been taken by thieves while she was at her home in Rathgar.
It is understood that the burglars used a method called "fishing" to lift the mum-of-eight's keys from her hall table, which prevented them from having to physically break into the property.
Thieves use a magnetic rod which they push through the letterbox to pluck the keys from inside the victim's home.
Garda sources say the method is used in an average of seven robberies a week.
In some instances, it can takes less than a minute to get the keys and drive away with the vehicle.
TV3 star Alan Hughes and husband Karl Broderick were targeted in the same way in April 2014.
Thieves managed to steal their car keys in the middle of the night and make off with their 2010 Lexus from their Malahide home.
An RTE source said that Miriam and husband Steve Carson were left "deeply shocked" when they discovered their family car missing.
"It was a horrible thing to wake up to and came as a terrible shock to them and the whole family," he said. "Though the thieves weren't physically in the house, the fact they were still able to target them and steal the car was deeply unsettling."
Gardai in Rathmines are investigating the incident.
Miriam declined to comment on the robbery.
There has been a spate of burglaries in the south Dublin area in recent weeks. Last weekend saw panto queen Twink, aka Adele King, also falling victim to thieves at her Knocklyon home.
She went public on her robbery trauma as she branded the culprits "scumbags" and "parasites".