Homeowners across Longford are being urged to maintain extra vigilance over the Christmas period after a gang of up to four men tied up a man in his own home during an aggravated burglary on the outskirts of Newtownforbes last Friday evening.
Gardai have so far been unable to track down the culprits who prised their way into a house at Clonart shortly after 6:30pm.
The victim, believed to be in his early 60s was unharmed during the raid, but was forced to open a safe before being tied up by the raiders.
The man, who sustained no injuries as a result of the raid, managed to free himself and contact gardai a short time later.
Earlier indications had suggested there may have been one burglar, although this has since been ruled out with investigating officers working on the assumption that there were three or possibly four raiders.
In an unrelated incident, gardai have praised quick thinking members of the public who helped prevent a burglary from taking place in a busy Longford town estate at the weekend.
According to gardai, a car had been seen acting suspiciously at around 3am last Sunday, prompting locals to contact the gardai.
Upon arrival, officers detected a car which had been left running close to a house with a number of implements found strewn across the ground.
Follow up enquiries subsequently revealed that the car had been stolen the day previous during the course of a burglary.
Detectives are also satisfied the items recovered from the scene were likely to have been transported with a view to carrying out a burglary in the estate before gardai arrived on the scene.
Anyone with any information in relation to either of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station on 043 3346741.