A caller into RTÉ’s Liveline stunned Joe Duffy with the tale of how burglars ransacked her home and even took a leg of lamb from her freezer.
Pat Murray the host that burglaries are common in her area and that gangs feel a sense of entitlement to break into other people’s homes.
The criminals left nothing remaining in her family home, not even the tasty leg of lamb that was stored in the freezer.
The Clondalkin mum said the incident was not an isolated one.
“We’ve been broken into twice,” she said.
“First time I came down the stairs and they ran out.”
However, the next time gangs broke into the family’s house Pat and her husband did not hear a thing.
They only realised the extent of the damage when they came down the next morning and later checked a neighbour’s CCTV footage.
Pat was then able to see the entire horrific incident enfold.
She said: “We were able to watch two bucks pull up in a car.
“One went around the back, broke in through my back door, came through the house and opened the front door for his friend.”
The intruders coolly went around the house and robbed everything in sight.
She said: “They came in and they emptied all the possessions they could get their hands on downstairs into the boot of our own car.”
The criminals did not leave anything remaining, even clearing out the family’s freezer.
“They took a leg of lamb out of the freezer.
“This time they cleared us out.”
The gang loaded all of the stolen possessions into the family’s own car before driving away.
Pat told Joe Duffy that she was not traumatised by the incident as all material things can be replaced.
“It’s only stuff at the end of the day.
“It can be replaced.”
The burglars were never caught and the family never received their stuff back.
The lack of justice was not something that shocked Pat.
She believes that these gangs of burglars are professionals and feel that it is their livelihood.
She said: “These are professionals, this is their career.
“They feel entitled to break into my house and your house.”