Four masked men armed with a shotgun tied up a man in a house in Co Wicklow last night and robbed his employer when he arrived home from the local restaurant he runs.
The incident unfolded when the owner of the Wicklow Heather restaurant in the town of Laragh and his wife arrived home around midnight.
The woman noticed there was a group of men in the house and called gardai.
She then left but her husband was confronted by the masked gang who threatened him with a shotgun.
The men had earlier tied up an employee of the couple and waited for them to return home.
The raiders took a small amount of cash and a mobile phone before fleeing the scene.
There were no reports of injuries and no arrests have been made to date.
Gardai in Ashford are investigating.