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.

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

The 74 year-old woman was reading a magazine in her home at Kylenoreashy between Ballyneale and Ballypatrick around 9.40pm on Sunday when the masked raiders entered the house.

She pressed her panic alarm when she discovered them in the house and they left after searching the premises 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 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 Kylenoreashy and Ballydine areas on the nights of the break-ins to assist their investigation into both crime.s

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

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 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 in connection with the theft of the till from the Lisadobber Pub at Lisadobber near Carrick-on-Suir at 4.40pm on Tuesday, April 16. She was arrested on the same day the crime was committed.