Carrick-on-Suir Gardai probe ‘despicable’ crimes at senior citizens’ homes

An elderly woman suffered the terrifying experience of three men wearing balaclavas breaking into her home near Ballyneale on Sunday night.

An elderly woman suffered the terrifying experience of three men wearing balaclavas breaking into her home near Ballyneale on Sunday night.

The 74 year-old woman was reading a magazine in her rural home located at Kylenoreashy between Ballyneale and Ballypatrick around 9.40pm on that night when the masked raiders entered the house. She pressed her panic alarm when she discovered them in the house and they left without taking any property.

According to investigating gardai, the woman wasn’t threatened by the burglars and they hadn’t any weapons on them.

A Carrick-on-Suir Garda Station spokesman said gardai didn’t know at this how the intruders made their escape.

He appealed to anyone in the Kylenoreashy area who noticed a suspicious vehicle or people in the hours before and after the break-in to contact Carrick-on-Suir Garda Station with information.

This is the second such break-in to an elderly person’s home in the rural communities around Ballyneale in the past fortnight.

A man, aged in his 80s, living in the Ballydine area woke up to find two intruders in the bedroom of his home around 11pm on Monday, April 15.

The criminals threatened the frightened man and demanded money from him but left the house empty handed.

Gardai in Carrick-on-Suir have appealed to anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the Ballydine area that night to assist their ongoing investigation into this crime.

The garda spokesman declined to comment on whether investigating officers believe the two burglaries were committed by the same people but condemned both incidents as “despicable crimes”.

Gardai are also appealing for information from any witnesses to a break-in at the Scoil Mhuire Secondary School on Carrick-on-Suir’s Pill Road around 1am on Tuesday, April 16. The burglars stole a sum of cash was stolen from the school’s office.

Meanwhile, Gardai are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions following the arrest of a Carrick-on-Suir woman aged in her early 20s connection with the theft of the till from the Lisadobber Pub at Lisadobber near Carrick-on-Suir at 4.40pm on Tuesday, April 16.