A brother and sister in their 80s have been left traumatised after burglars ransacked their home.
Siblings Danny and Mary Crowley, from Kinsale, Co Cork, who own small farms near the town, returned to Mary’s cottage at about 2pm last Tuesday to discover lights on inside the house and the front door open.
Their cousin Christy Buckley said: “They were going to go in, but then thought they might be beaten up. So they went back into the jeep. As they did that the boys [burglars] ran outside. They opened the door on Danny’s side and pulled off his jacket.
“They were shouting ‘where’s the fucking money’. They then went to the other side of the jeep and ripped Mary’s handbag away from her.”
The criminals made off with an undisclosed sum of money and some personal possessions.
“This was a despicable crime perpetrated against what are frail, old and vulnerable people. I hope the gardaí catch them quickly so others of their age don’t have to also suffer something like this,” said Mr Buckley.
Senior gardaí said it is possible that Dublin-based criminals were responsible and may also have been involved in four other successful burglaries and an attempted one in the South and West Cork areas the same day.
They are seeking the public’s help in solving the crimes, especially in relation to the suspicious movements of a silver Volvo which may have been used by the gang.
It is possible that the gang may consist of four male members, one of whom stays in the getaway car.
Gardaí believe the gang began their crime spree at about 10am in the Bandon area when two of them fled a house after being disturbed by its owner. Later they carried out a burglary in Ballineen followed by others in the Ballydehob and Skibbereen areas before travelling to Kinsale where they attacked the elderly brother and sister.
Meanwhile, a man has been released without charge by gardaí in Donegal investigating an attack on a 96-year-old woman.
In Kerry, investigations are continuing after a 90-year-old woman was traumatised after a break-in at her home in Listowel.
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