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Family is cleaned out as thieves even steal dog

' THEY TOOK all our money, passports, our car, they even took our dog. They just wiped us out.'

Frustrated Kilmuckridge resident Karen Mcloughlin this week appealled for the public to be on the lookout her missing Yorkshire Terrier ' Tiny', and for her husband's documentation which he was using to apply for US citizenship, which were stolen during an early morning raid on their home last week, while they slept in their beds.

The family Landrover Discovery, which was taken in the break-in, was then used in a burglary at Corrigan's Londis, where CCTV footage showed three masked men stealing drink and cigarettes from the shop floor. Proprietor Hugh Corrigan said the men spent six or seven minutes in the store, clearing out the cigarette machine, and taking beer and sprits from the shelves. They set off the alarm, but appeared to be in no rush to leave.

All wore balaclavas and were dressed in dark clothing, with one wearing a black sports jacket with distinctive red stripes down the sleeve.

Karen Mcloughlin said her husband John, who works in the US and was home visiting his family for a few days, is planning to become US citizen, where he works as a builder. All his documentation including his green card, birth cert and passport were taken in the break-in at her rented home in Chapelwood, Kilmuckridge. The sum of approximately $4,000USD was also taken.

'I know we're not going to see our money again, but we are anxious to get the dog back and we need the paperwork,' said Karen.

It's thought the break-in occurred at around 3 a.m. and entry was gained through a sliding door to the rear of the house. The thieves rifled silently through the kitchen and living room, and took a bag containing all of John McLoughlin's documentation which he needed to return to the US late last week.

He has had to delay his return as he attempts to replace his passport.

Karen said that the thieves didn't touch her purse, or cigarettes or drink in the house, but took a Louis Vuitton handbag, new Armani sunglasses, and all of her identity as well, including her driving licence, her passport, her daughter's passport, which were in the family Landrover Discovery which was also taken. They even took the spare key to the house.

Tiny, the three-yearold male miniature Yorkshire Terrier, a rare breed, was taken from the back garden.

The dog is mostly silver and black, with a docked tail, and is microchipped. ' He was a lovely little thing,' said Karen.

' The kids are crying going to bed at night,' she added. ' It's ruined us, it's destroyed us. We haven't a piece of identity to our name, and we don't have a euro of cash. We've no transport either.'

'We had no money to buy milk and no bank cards. We had to borrow money from family until John gets back to the States,' she said.

The thieves drove a dark Audi, and then took the silver Landrover Discovery 3, which has not yet been located. Anyone with information on either raid is asked to contact the local gardaĆ­.

The stolen seven seater 2006 vehicle had a UK registration plate, with tinted windows in the back. It had roofbars on top, and white rosary beads hanging from the rearview mirror.

'I can't believe people would come into someone's home when the people are in bed asleep,' she said. She said the dog may have been abandoned in the area, and the paperwork which was in a holdall, may have been thrown along the roadside somewhere, and she appealed to the public to be vigilant.