The Scully family who own The Merry Mill in Vicarstown
The 'Merry Mill' farmer and businessman Kevin Scully has warned other homeowners to be wary, after his Laois home was broken into during the day yesterday, Monday January 22.
Mr Scully who with his wife Jenny and four daughters sell organic oat products grown on their Vicarstown farm, suffered a break-in at the family home. See more here.
His wife saw four men get into a car on the road near their house, and believes it may have been related to the break-in.
"She saw the four males getting into the car, there was a driver in the car, it was a silver hatchback. It didn't click until she got to the house. We come and go between the house and the mill all day, I'm thankful no-one was home," he said.
The house was ransacked, several doors broken open, and the alarm smashed.
"They ripped the place apart, it was upsetting for the kids, but it's nothing we can't replace. They took a sum of money. It's unedging, it's not nice, but it'll pass. The country is full of good decent people. We post out parcels of our products and every customer sends back money," he said.
He is hoping to make other homeowners aware.
"We all get a bit complacent, but leave nothing valuable out in your home," Mr Scully said.
Gardaí took fingerprints at the scene and are investigating the incident.
They are also investigating reports of two other break-ins over the weekend in the Portarlington area, involving a similarly described car. See more on those break-ins here.