A terrifying home invasion at the weekend has left a young Portlaoise family in fear, after three men gained entry to their house in the early hours of Monday morning.
The aggravated burglary took place on the town’s Borris Road, just after midnight on Sunday, June 22. A young family were at home when three men gained entry to the property, causing considerable fear to the occupants. The men are described as being of average height and were all aged in their 20s.
A garda spokesperson has confirmed that one of the occupants of the house was injured in the burglary, although fortunately they did not require any medical attention.
A car was stolen from the house, a black Volkswagen Passat. It does not appear at this point that any other property was taken by the robbers, although the investigation is still ongoing. It is not known in what direction the culprits travelled when they left the scene.
An appeal is being made to any members of the public who may have been passing along the road at just after midnight, to contact the gardaí if they witnessed anything that could be of assistance, especially if they saw a black Volkswagen Passat at that time.
The gardaí have also confirmed that there were a number of other separate burglaries across the county in the last seven days, in Borris-in-Ossory, Abbeyleix, Stradbally and Portarlington. In most cases where homes were broken into the houses were unoccupied at the time, although one man disturbed the culprits in his house and nothing was taken. Two houses were broken into in Port at the weekend, with cash taken from one on Saturday, while there was nothing taken during one on Sunday.
The garda spokesperson has said that in rural areas it seems to be mainly power tools that are being taken, mostly from sheds and outhouses, while in the town areas thieves seem to be after cash, jewellery and electronic equipment.
And the spokesperson has issued a warning for people to improve the security on their home heating oil, following a number of thefts. Locks and alarms are recommended, as is improving cover by growing hedges to conceal tanks.