The Mitsubishi jeep used in last night's raid at a house in Blackrock was later found burnt out in Granville Park, gardai said today.
About 35 members of a group called "Women Empowering Women" were meeting in Obelisk Rise, Blackrock when three men, one armed with a small handgun and another with a sledgehammer, burst in at 9.30pm.
A garda spokeswoman said: ‘‘They made off with a quantity of cash in a Mitsubishi jeep which was later found abandoned and set on fire in Granville Park, Blackrock.’’
The thieves stole about £20,000 which had been gathered in a bowl in the house.
It is believed the money was generated through the Women Empowering Women scheme in which investors ‘‘gift’’ thousands of pounds to the scheme and stand to recoup a multiple of their initial investment once they have recruited more women to join it.