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16 Jan 2014; General view of Garda car at (end) house on Heathfield Way, Cappagh road, Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

16 Jan 2014; General view of Garda car at (end) house on Heathfield Way, Cappagh road, Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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Garda - no entry.

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16 Jan 2014; General view of Garda car at (end) house on Heathfield Way, Cappagh road, Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A FAMILY were tied-up and threatened in a terrifying aggravated burglary in Dublin last night in what gardai believe was a case of mistaken identity.

Two men armed with a shotgun and a knife burst into the house on Heathfield Way in Finglas at 10.30pm.

They threatened the four adult occupants and tied them up while demanding money.

Local sources told the Herald that one of the couple’s six-year-old daughter was also in the house at the time, but it was unclear if she was woken during the raid or not.

The family involved are from the Phillipines, and garda sources were today examining the possibility that the raiders may have wrongly thought they owned a restaurant and had a large sum of money in the house.

There has been a recent spate of aggravated burglaries in the greater Dublin area on the homes of restaurant owners.

The family in Finglas were threatened repeatedly as they tried to persuade the raiders they had no money.

The two-man masked gang then searched the house for cash and escaped in a dark coloured car with a small sum of money.

Gardai were today carrying out a forensic examination of the house in the quiet cul-de-sac.

They are also confident that CCTV in the area will have recorded the raiders’ car arriving at and subsequently leaving the scene.

Shocked neighbours described the victims as good neighbours.

“They are lovely people. They are just an ordinary family going about their business and I think the lady works in a hospital,” said one neighbour.

“They couple are living there a few years and have a daughter, and the man’s brother and his partner live with them.”

One local resident believes they saw the burglar’s car arriving.

“We were just in our own house watching TV and saw a car parked down the road  with its full-beam lights on. It drove away after a while,” they told the Herald.

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“Then we saw squad cars and an ambulance arrive, we got an awful shock and we can only imagine what the family themselves went through,” they added.

While none of the occupants of the house were believed to be physically injured in the attack some were treated for shock and distress.

They were said by locals to be staying with relatives as they try to come to terms with the shock of being targeted by the gang.


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