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Friday 15 December 2017

Mum and daughters left terrified after gang burst into their home

Gardai are investigating the terrifying incident at the woman’s home in Cabinteely. Stock picture
Gardai are investigating the terrifying incident at the woman’s home in Cabinteely. Stock picture

A mother-of-two was subjected to a terrifying ordeal when a three-man gang burst into her south Dublin home.

Gardai are investigating the incident in the Shrewsbury Lawn estate in Cabinteely, south Dublin.

The 46-year-old woman was at home with her two daughters, aged 16 and 21, when the gang struck at 5.15pm on Monday.

The three raiders wore dark-coloured balaclavas and dark clothing.

The gang forced their way into the property by kicking at the door and one of the criminals grabbed the woman while the other two ran upstairs.

Torched

Bank cards and a small amount of cash were stolen but extensive damage was caused to the door of the house.

The criminals fled and got into a grey Audi A3.

The gang then torched the vehicle just metres from the home they targeted before escaping from the the locality.

Gardai from Cabinteely are investigating the incident but there have been no arrests so far.

The shocking incident is being treated as an aggravated burglary.

A woman at the house declined to speak of her family's ordeal yesterday.

The car used by the gang was driven around a corner and stopped less than 200 metres from the house before being set ablaze.

The burned getaway car was later removed from the leafy suburban estate.

A local resident told the Herald: "It's shocking what happened. They drove their getaway car only a short distance before burning it."

South Dublin is the home to some of the country's most prolific burglary gangs but it is not known if Monday's incident was linked to those mobs.

Two men and a teenager associated with one of the most notorious south Dublin gangs were released witchout charge on Wednesday after being questioned for two days about an aggravated burglary in Co Tipperary.

Raiders broke into the home of Jimmy Campion in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, late on May 7 and beat him with his own walking stick in a sickening attack.

Gardai raided a property in Sallynoggin on Monday afternoon where they arrested a 28-year-old man.

A further raid was carried out on Tuesday at a halting site in Dun Laoghaire where a 17-year-old male and a 34-year-old man were arrested.

They were all questioned at north Tipperary garda stations before being released.

A file on the case is now being prepared for the DPP.

Decrease

Despite the number of prolific Traveller gangs operating in south Dublin, there has been a dramatic decrease in the region's burglaries over the past year, but the locality remains a crime hotspot.

The situation is not as grave in the Dublin Eastern Garda Division, which covers south Dublin, than it was in 2015 when there were 2,290 burglaries in the division.

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