Horror as raiders with hatchet rob OAP couple in one of two burglaries
Detectives are investigating two aggravated burglaries in separate counties in which pensioners were terrorised and robbed in their homes.
Gardai in Dublin and Louth are hunting for two gangs involved in the break-ins on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
In one incident in Dundalk, a couple in their 80s were hospitalised with shock after being locked in a room during a break-in.
In a separate incident a couple living in south Dublin, who are aged in their 70s, were left shaken after a man posing as a delivery driver called to their door on Wednesday morning before three men stormed into the house.
Gardai at Terenure are investigating the aggravated burglary at the house on Templeogue Road which happened at around 10.30am.
The couple were threatened and tied up before the gang searched the house.
A four-figure sum of cash was taken by the gang which then fled in a white van. No serious injuries were reported but the couple are understood to have been left extremely shaken.
Detectives are investigating if the break-in was a targeted crime.
"Gardai are appealing for any information, in particular any motorists or cyclists who travelled along the R137 Templeogue Road between 9-11.30am on April 24 who may have dash-cam footage," a spokesman said.
Separately, detectives in Louth are hunting for an armed gang who terrorised an elderly couple in their home on Tuesday night.
At around 8pm two men armed with a knife, hammer and hatchet broke into a house on Rock Road, Blackrock, near Dundalk.
The couple were threatened and locked in an upstairs bedroom before their home was ransacked by the robbers.
The gang made off with a sum of cash and a car. Gardai were alerted and both pensioners were taken to hospital suffering from shock.
Gardai said no arrests have yet been made.
It is understood the couple are still traumatised and are being taken care of by their extended family.
A lone garda car was seen parked in the driveway for a period.
Neighbours of the targeted family expressed their shock at the terrifying incident.
"To read in detail about what happened to them made me feel sick to the stomach," said one local resident.
"They're two of the most dignified and caring people I know. I don't know how they'll ever recover from this.
"We're all furious about the level of terror that these thugs inflicted on these two elderly members of our community."
Another neighbour told the Herald that she was heartbroken for the couple, who she described as "very private people".
"They never did anyone any harm and were just enjoying an evening at home when their house was raided.
"It's actually terrifying how something this awful could happen to ordinary people.
"We really need more gardai patrolling the area because it's obvious these scumbags are monitoring our homes."