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Friday 22 September 2017

Woman tied up in 'targeted' raid as gang flees with €30k

Ralph Riegel and Tom Brady

ARMED raiders who tied up a middle-aged woman in her home before fleeing with a significant sum of cash are believed to have been targeting her husband.

The alarm was raised when the woman's husband was shocked to spot the family jeep speeding past him as he returned to his home.

Gardai described the aggravated burglary in Carrignavar, Cork, as "pre-planned and professionally organised".

Officers think the raiders, who made off with an estimated €30,000, are linked to a well-known Munster crime gang, who have been engaged in a long-standing feud with a Cork-based outfit.

The 52-year-old woman was confronted by three masked raiders, one of whom had a rifle, when she returned to her home at Dromboy, Carrignavar, Co Cork, shortly before 10pm on Wednesday.

The terrified woman was tied up while the three men ransacked her home. They then fled in the family's jeep after they located the cash.

The woman's husband was shocked to spot the family jeep speeding past him as he returned to his home.

He discovered his wife tied to a chair, though she had almost managed to free herself. The woman was uninjured by her ordeal but was very shocked. She is staying with friends pending a detailed interview with gardai.

Officers said last night that they were following several lines of inquiry and were hopeful of making substantial progress with their inquiries in the coming days.

Uncover

They believed the gang were expecting to uncover a bigger haul of cash than they had found because of the homeowner's business activities.

Detectives said they believed it was a targeted rather than a random raid as the men were armed and also wore gloves throughout. It is believed the raiders knew there was a quantity of cash in the premises.

The raiders showed no interest in electrical or other goods and were hunting only for cash and jewellery. Gardai have appealed for anyone who may have spotted suspicious activity around Carrignavar to contact them.

Irish Independent

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