Monday 16 September 2019

Two elderly couples terrorised at home by gangs in separate violent burglaries

The gardaí have appealed for witnesses (stock photo)
The gardaí have appealed for witnesses (stock photo)

Robin Schiller and Ian Begley

Detectives are investigating two aggravated burglaries in separate counties in which pensioners were terrorised in their homes.

Garda in Dublin and Louth are hunting for two groups involved in the break-ins on Tuesday night and yesterday morning.

In one incident in Dundalk, Co Louth, an elderly couple in their 80s were taken to hospital with shock after being locked into a room in their home during a break-in.

In a separate incident, a couple living in south Dublin, aged in their 70s, were left shaken after a man posing as a delivery driver called to their door yesterday morning before three men stormed into the house.

Gardaí at Terenure are investigating the aggravated burglary at the house on Templeogue Road at around 10.30am.

A man claiming to be a delivery driver called to the house, and when the homeowner answered, three men forced their way in.

The couple, a man and a woman both aged in their 70s, were threatened and tied up with restraints before the gang made their way through the house.

A four-figure sum of cash was taken by the gang, who then fled in a white van. No serious injuries were reported during the break-in, but the couple are understood to have been left extremely shaken.

Detectives are investigating whether the break-in was a targeted crime rather than opportunistic.

A spokesman said: "Gardaí are appealing for any information, in particular any motorists or cyclists who travelled along the R137 Templeogue Road between the hours of 9am and 11.30am on April 24, who may have dash-cam footage, to contact Terenure garda station on 01 666 6400."

Separately, detectives in Louth are hunting for an armed gang who terrorised an elderly couple in their home on Tuesday night.

At around 8pm, two men, armed with a knife, hammer and hatchet, broke into a house on Rock Road, Blackrock, close to Dundalk.

The couple were threatened and locked into an upstairs bedroom by the gang, before their home was ransacked by the men.

They eventually made off with a sum of cash and a car from the property. Gardaí were called to the scene and both pensioners were taken to hospital suffering from shock.

Gardaí have said no arrests have yet been made in relation to the aggravated burglary and investigations are ongoing.

The elderly couple's home in Blackrock, Co Louth, was left vacant for a number of hours yesterday afternoon.

It is understood they are still very shaken up and traumatised by the aggravated burglary and are being taken care of by their extended family.

A lone Garda car was seen parked in the driveway for a period, but left the premises during the course of the day.

Neighbours of the targeted family expressed their shock at Tuesday night's terrifying incident.

"To read in detail about what happened to them made me feel sick to the stomach," said a local resident, who did not wish to be named.

Irish Independent

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