Gardaí are investigating an aggravated burglary at a house in Blackrock, Co Louth.
It happened at a house on Rock Road at around 8.00pm on Tuesday night.
Two men armed with a knife, hammer and hatchet entered the home of an elderly couple - a man and woman both aged in their 80s.
They proceeded to lock both persons into an upstairs bedroom before ransacking the house and took cash and a car.
The elderly couple were taken to hospital suffering from shock.
No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Dundalk Garda station on 042-9388-400, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800-666-111 or any Garda station.