AN elderly Dublin pensioner was subjected to an horrific aggravated burglary in her bed.
The pensioner was attacked by a crazed burglar who broke into her home on Cashel Road, Crumlin, shortly after midnight on Tuesday.
It has emerged that the lady who was sleeping in her bed was attacked by the intruder who stormed into her bedroom and pulled her out of her bed.
The burglar threatened the terrified woman before pulling a gold chain from her neck and rings from her fingers.
He then proceeded to ransack the lady's bedroom before fleeing the property on foot.
Sources say the burglar gained entry by breaking in through a back door.
A senior source explained: "This was a most unusual and horrific attack on an elderly lady as she slept in her bed.
"She is a very private and respectable lady who lives on her own and though she did not require hospital treatment, she has been left in an extremely traumatised state."
No cash was taken in the raid and gardai from Crumlin are now hunting for the suspect who has been linked to three other burglaries in the same area since Friday night.
All the burglaries have happened in the Cashel Road, Cashel Avenue and Captain's Avenue area of Crumlin.
In the three other break-ins, the suspect made off with electrical items, a TV and small amounts of cash. However, elderly people were not the targets of these burglaries.
Gardai say that the suspect in the Cashel Road burglary yesterday speaks with a Dublin accent and is believed to be aged in his late teens or early 20s. Sources say that arresting him is now a top priority for local gardai.
"More than likely this is a local man or someone who definitely has local knowledge – he seems to be acting on his own but that does not mean that there are people out there who know what he has been doing," said a source.
Local Fine Gael Cllr Ruairi McGinley is the chairman of the Dublin 12 local policing forum and he told the Herald that he was "very concerned" about yesterday morning's horrific burglary.