A GARDA investigation is under way after a woman was locked in a room during a burglary in the Portmarnock area of Co Dublin.
The robbery occurred at a property on Strand Road on the evening of Friday, January 10.
According to a Gardaí appeal, five masked individuals entered the house and proceeded to lock a woman, said to be in her 20s, into a room in the house.
They then proceeded to search the property for valuables before making their escape.
The woman was left locked in the room for a “considerable amount of time”.
She was only discovered by a relative several hours later.
The woman was not injured during the incident.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information related to the crime to come forward.
They are seeking assistance from any road users who may have been travelling on the Coast Road between Baldoyle and Portmarnock between 6.30pm and 8pm.
Anyone with information is being encouraged to contact Malahide Garda Station on 01 666 4600, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.
A garda spokesman said: "Gardaí are appealing for information regarding their investigation into an incident of burglary and of false imprisonment that occurred at a house on the Strand Road area of Portmarnock, Co.Dublin on January 9th 2020.
"During the incident, five masked individuals entered the property and locked an occupant into a room as they searched throughout the house.
"After the five individuals left, the occupant remained locked into this room for a considerable amount of time until later discovered by a relative. No injuries were reported.
"Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users who happened to be travelling on the Coast Road between Baldoyle and Portmarnock between 6.30pm and 8pm on the 9th January to contact Gardaí."