A MOTHER was tied up and threatened at knife point by thieves who made off with €50,000 hidden in the family's front garden.
The woman, who was in her 50s, was threatened by two men – one armed with a knife – after she returned to her home in Sutton, north Dublin.
The men – one described as having a Dublin accent – may have had the house under surveillance for some time as they struck at 8.20am, just after the woman dropped her son at a DART station.
After tying the woman up, they continued to threaten her, before locating money hidden by a family member in the front garden of the home.
It is understood the amount of cash stolen was in the region of €50,000.
The shaken mother yesterday appealed for privacy after the ordeal.
The raiders left the house in a grey BMW 5 series fitted with false 03-D registration plates.
The vehicle was later found abandoned on Lauders Lane, Burrow Road in Sutton.
Investigating gardai at Clontarf believe the thieves may have swopped cars at this location.
Officers are trying to work out how the men may have known there was money – particularly such a large sum – at the house.
Despite being shaken by the ordeal, the woman was unhurt. She managed to provide gardai with a description of her attackers.
One of the men was described as in his 20s, of average height and build and was wearing a navy tracksuit, baseball cap and had covered his face with a scarf. He was described as speaking with a Dublin accent and had carried the knife.
The second man was simply described as being of average build and height.
Officers have appealed to anyone who saw anything unusual at the two locations on Wednesday morning to contact gardai.
During the recent spate of aggravated burglaries, thieves – armed with a handgun and shotgun – raided the Bank of Ireland in College Green, Dublin, before threatening a taxi driver to make their getaway.
More than 200 criminals have been convicted in the courts of burglary and related offences in recent months as part of a massive garda crackdown.
Operation Acer has targeted many prolific offenders over the past seven months, with a further 380 still before the courts charged with similar offences.