Gardaí are searching for a gang who tied up an elderly woman and her daughter before stealing "a substantial sum of money" from their home in a Cork suburb.
Gardaí believe the gang forced their way into the mother and daughter’s home at Hunter’s Green, Mahon, shortly before midnight on Monday.
They “physically manhandled” the two women, who were then “were tied up and verbally threatened,” according to Superintendent Barry McPolin, who is in charge of the investigation.
He said that two men and a women were involved in the aggravated burglary and they searched the house before leaving with the cash.
It is believed they gained access to the house at around 11.45pm on Monday and spent about 20 minutes inside before making their escape. The daughter, aged 45, managed to free herself and contacted the emergency services.
Gardaí were quickly on the scene and an ambulance crew attended to both the daughter and her 65-year-old mother. They did not require hospital treatment, although they were traumatised by the incident. Supt McPolin issued a description of the culprits in the hope that members of the public will be able to help gardaí with their inquiries. He said the woman and one of the two men wore scarves across their faces.
“The man was low-sized and may have been wearing dark clothing. The woman had a pink or red top on, wore black pants and had a black baseball cap,” he said.
The second man, who did not cover his face, was also wearing dark clothing.
He was said to be tall and thin and is either in his late 30s or early 40s.
“We are following a number of lines of inquiry at present,” Supt McPolin said.
The house was being examined by Garda experts yesterday in the hope of finding clues to the identities of the trio.
Meanwhile, gardaí were also carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area.
“We are especially appealing for anybody who was in the area who saw anything suspicious between 11.15pm on Monday and 12.15am Tuesday to contact us,” the senior Garda officer said.
Anybody with information is asked to contact either Blackrock Garda Station at 021 453 6690, or Anglesea Street Garda Station at 021 4522 000.
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