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shock ordeal Garda hunt after two men in balaclavas break into elderly man's house in Portlaoise

Shortly after midnight, two men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas forced their way into a house in the Crannagh area and threatened an elderly man living there.

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Stock images of Garda Crime scene tape (Niall Carson/PA)

Stock images of Garda Crime scene tape (Niall Carson/PA)

Stock images of Garda Crime scene tape (Niall Carson/PA)

Gardaí in Portlaoise are investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred in the Stradbally area of Co Laois in the early hours of this morning.

Shortly after midnight, two men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas forced their way into a house in the Crannagh area and threatened an elderly man living there.

The two men took a quantity of cash and personal property and later fled the scene on foot over nearby fields.

No injuries were reported and no arrests have been made.

Investigations are ongoing.

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