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Woman confronted in her home by men in balaclavas

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run

A woman was confronted by four armed men in balaclavas when she returned to her home in Tankardstown, Ballylinan last week.

On driving into her driveway she came upon the men. The men got into a car and reversed out of the driveway before making their getaway.

The incident occurred at 6pm on Wednesday, June 7th on the Athy to Carlow road in Tankardstown.

The woman was returning home, but found her access to the house blocked by the men in the driveway brandishing hurls.

The house had been broken into prior to the woman, who was very traumatised by the incident, returning home.

Anyone who noticed any suspicious activity, or a car being driven at speed in the area is asked to contact Portlaoise Gardaí on (057) 867 4100.

There were further burglaries in the area on the same day and garda believe they are all linked to the four suspects disturbed by the woman.

At a house in Kilcruise, Wolfhill, a house was broken into when entry was gained through the rear. The house was ransacked, with a considerable amount of damage done.  A small amount of cash was taken during this raid which occurred between 10 am and 6 pm.

In another house burglary on the same day, a house was broken into at Ballygormill, Timahoe between 2.30 to 3.30 pm. Again entry was gained through the rear of the house and cash was taken during the raid.

There were two break-ins at GAA clubs earlier that week when a tool shed Crettyard GAA club was broken into. A lock was broken on the shed and some tool were stolen on June 5.

Clonad GAA club was also the target of an incident when an alarm was activated after a padlock was broken on the same date.

Anyone who saw anyone acting in a suspicious manner in the area is asked to contact gardai.

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