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Masked thugs lock family up during Christmas raid

Masked thugs lock family up during Christmas raid

A family with two young daughters were threatened and locked in a room during a burglary in their home last night.

During the incident a 14-year-old girl was threatened by men who were carrying screwdrivers and other tools. 

The two intruders allegedly told her parents that their children would be harmed if their demands were not met.

The family was then held hostage for up to 40 minutes while the thieves ransacked their home.

The events unfolded in the Drive, Johnstown Manor just outside of Naas shortly after 6pm. 

The family noted that their WIFI connection was down.  It is believed that the line had been cut as it was connected to a monitored alarm system. 

A short time later the residents in the home heard a loud bang and the men burst in through a smashed patio window in the rear of the property.

They demanded cash and valuables and threatened to harm the teenage girl if their demands weren't met.

The intruders were given a sum of money before the family was forced into an upstairs bedroom where they handed over jewelry.

The family were then locked in an en-suite bathroom while the men continued to ransack the house. 

It's believed a number of Christmas presents were also taken during the robbery.

It is believed one of the parents sustained minor injuries during the incident.

Gardai believe the men were in contact with another individual on a mobile phone throughout the ordeal.

The family freed themselves after about fifteen minutes and raised the alarm.

Gardai have carried out a full forensic and technical examination of the scene and are investigating.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact  Naas Garda Station on  (045-884-300), Garda Confidential Line (1800 666111) or any Garda Station.