Gardaí are investigating an aggravated burglary at a house in Dundalk last night during which two children were locked in a cupboard and around €3,000 taken.
Three men, two armed with hammers, forced their way into the home of a restaurateur in Belfry Gardens at around 7.30pm.
Three children, aged 10, 12 and 16 were brought downstairs to the kitchen while two adults were brought to a bedroom and forced to hand over the money
The gang escaped in a white Citroen Berlingo van.
Gardaí in Dundalk are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.
It is the second attack on the home of a Chinese restaurateur in the past week.
Last Sunday week, the Lin family were terrorised by a gang which forced their way into their home in Castleblaney in Co Monaghan and money was also stolen.
Detectives believe a gang or gangs are targetting these restaurateurs.