Gardai hunt 10-year-old boy being used for burglaries
GARDAI are hunting for a 10-year-old boy who was stopped from breaking into a house by a terrified resident in Waterford City.
The child was trying to squeeze through a window in the house when the woman, aged in her 20s, heard noises and went to investigate.
The incident occurred at a home in the Rathfadden Villas area of Waterford city at around 10.45am on Thursday.
The homeowner, who does not want to be named, last night told the Herald her daughter was at home alone when she heard noises and found the boy climbing in the window.
"She was on her own at the time. We haven't a clue who these guys were but she was terrified," she said.
"At the end of the day, thank God nobody was hurt but it's frightening to think you can't leave your windows open any more."
Gardai believe the boy was working with criminals who use children to gain entry to homes and they say they are remaining extra vigilant now following recent burglaries.
He fled the scene with a man, aged in his 30s, who had been waiting outside.
The child is described as having fair hair and wore blue runners. The man was wearing a black jacket with dark, curly hair.
Gardai are continuing their investigations.
Local Cllr Eamon Quinlan said: "It's frightening to think children are being used in this way. Hopefully gardai quickly apprehend the criminals behind this."