Armed raiders broke into a house at Belfry Gardens,
Dundalk on Sunday and
terrorised the occupants into handing over a substantial sum of money.
The shocking ordeal began on Sunday evening last when raiders broke into the house at Belfry Gardens, off the Avenue Road, at 8pm and threatened a couple and the three children who were in the house at the time.
The raiders forcibly entered the house after brazenly calling to the front door.
The children, who are aged 16, 12 and ten, were taken from the upstairs bedrooms and held by one of the gang in the kitchen.
It has been reported that two of the children were locked in a cupboard during the incident.
Meanwhile the man and woman were taken upstairs and forced to hand over money. The man runs a Chinese restaurant.
After locking the couple in the bedroom, it is believed that the gang escaped with a sum of money between €2,000 and €3,000. All of the raiders were masked and wore gloves. The gang escaped in a white Citroen Berlingo van.
A van was later found burned out at Dunleer and was examined by gardai.
Dundalk gardai are investigating the robbery and appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward.
Dundalk Garda Station contact: 042 - 9 33 55 77.
Garda Confidential line:
1800 666 111.