Woman, 94, and sons held hostage by gang of six in horrific burglary

A 94-year-old woman and her two sons were terrorized by a gang of six during a home burglary early in the morning yesterday.

One of the sons, a man in his 60s, was attacked by the gang, some of whom were armed with screwdrivers and other weapons.

The aggravated burglary happened around 1am yesterday when the masked gang broke into the home in Ballintubber, Co Roscommon.

Gardaí from Castlerea, Co Roscommon are investigating the crime but no arrests have been made so far.

Older sources said the elderly lady and her sons were being held hostage in a room in the house while the building was searched.

They were repeatedly threatened by gang members during the course of the horrifying incident.

The violent thieves are believed to have escaped with a small amount of cash, along with jewelry and some other items.

Gardaí are investigating if they were attacked by an organized burglary gang because the family owns a local grocery store adjacent to where they live.

If this was the reason for the burglary, the criminals may have assumed they had access to a large amount of cash.

Sources said the victims were “deeply traumatized” by their horrific ordeal.

When contacted by the Irish IndependentA Garda spokeswoman said: “Gardaí in Castlerea is investigating a serious burglary that occurred at a commercial building in Ballintubber in the early hours of August 22nd.

“The incident took place at a business premises and one man (mid 60’s) was injured in the incident.

“He did not require medical attention and his injuries are not life-threatening.

“The perpetrators left the scene with a sum of cash. The investigations are ongoing.

“Gardaí is appealing to all those who were around Ashpark, Ballintubber between 10pm Sunday evening and 1am Monday morning to contact the Gardaí Inquiry.

“Any road users who have been in the area and may have camera footage including dashcam are asked to provide this to Gardaí.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Castlerea Garda Station on 094 962 1630 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.”

The village where the burglary happened is near the town of Castlerea.

As with most counties, Co Roscommon has seen an increase in burglaries in recent months.

In June, gardaí made a public call for information following two burglaries in the south of the county that officials said were the work of traveling criminals.

So far, no suspects have been identified in yesterday morning’s shocking crime.

Home burglary is up 33 percent from 2021 but down 38 percent from 2019, according to Gardaí’s latest crime data released earlier this month.

2020 saw a massive drop in burglaries due to the lockdown restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

That means organized criminals couldn’t roam the country as freely.

Gardaí said burglary cases have trended “significantly downward” over the long term, with the activities of the force Operation Thor being credited with a drop in the number of reported burglaries.

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