GARDAI investigating a violent incident during which an elderly woman was tied up in her home in Limerick for several hours are seeking assistance in locating her car which was taken by the culprit.
According to gardai, the woman, whose aged in her 60s, was tied up, gagged and locked in a small cupboard-type room.
The incident unfolded at teatime last Thursday when the armed culprit forced his way into the house at Thorndale, Ballyclough, after the woman, who lives alone, answered the door.
“It started at around 5.30 or six and continued until around nine,” said Superintendent Jim Ryan of Roxboro Road garda station.
While the woman was not physically assaulted or “roughed up” by the raider, she was extremely traumatised by her ordeal.
While the victim was tied up, her home was ransacked by the culprit who stole a small amount of money and a car which was parked outside the house.
Gardai have confirmed that a ATM card which was also taken was used at the Dooradoyle branch of Bank of Ireland at around 9.25pm on Thursday.
CCTV footage from the area has been viewed in an effort to identify the culprit.
The woman’s car - a black SAAB 93, registration 08LK 1500 - has not yet been located to date and anyone with information on its whereabouts is asked to contact Roxboro Road garda station at (061) 214340.
“If any persons saw this car or its driver or knows of its present location then we would like to hear from them,” said Sergeant Justin McCarthy
Cllr Jerry O’Dea, who lives in the Ballyclough area, says he was shocked when he heard what happened.
“It’s unbelievable to think that this type of incident can happen in such a quiet area,” he said renewing his calls for the establishment of Joint Policing Committees in Limerick as a priority.
While one person entered the house, gardai have not ruled out the possibility that others were involved.