GARDAI are investigating an aggravated burglary in which three pensioners were assualted and held hostage by masked raiders.
A number of people armed with knives forced their way into a house at Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen, at around 10pm on Thursday night.
Seventy-four year old Willie Creed and his sisters Chrissie, aged 66 and Nora, 72, were held in the house while the burglars searched the premises.
The house was ransacked and following the burglary, the pensioners were tied up and held in a room. It is understood that a relative called to the house at 12.30am and discovered the man and women.
The Limerick Leader understands they were deeply shocked and traumatised by the incident. The culprits are estimated to be in their 20s, and short in height. They were armed with knives.
They were rushed to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital with cuts and bruises but have since been released.
Garda investigations are ongoing. Acting Bruff superintendent, Insp Paul Reidy said an incident room has been set up.
“We are appealing for anybody with any information who saw any suspicious cars in the Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen area, or anyone acting out of the ordinary between 9pm and 1am to contact Bruff Garda Station on 061-382940,” he said.
The location of the incident is less than a mile from the location of another aggravated burglary in Pallasgreen which took place just six weeks ago.