Gardaí are warning people to be on the alert after a burglary spate on the Laois Tipperary border mainly around the Roscrea area.
In one incident, a husband and wife had been watching television at Knock, Roscrea, on Thursday, November 29. When the man went to bed he noticed the bedroom had been disturbed.
The woman's jewellery box was subsequently found outside the house.
The culprits made off with cash and jewellery valued at over €3,000.
The incident happened between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on the night in question.
In another incident at Ballinlough, Roscrea, on the same night, a man woke up to discover the theft of €200 in cash and a shotgun.
In another incident at Ballyphillip, Roscrea, on November 27, the injured party had been working in their yard and when they returned to the house they noticed a bathroom window had been forced.
Jewellery valued at around €1,000 was stolen during the break-in, which happened between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.
Gardaí are warning people to make sure their property is secure even if they are at home.