A fund of €9,000 is now offered as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those behind a spate of robberies in east Donegal, a special meeting heard on Wednesday night.
Up to 1,500 people filled the Manorcunningham resource Centre to over flowing to pledge their support an number of elderly crime victims.
The meeting was hosted by local business man Tony Morning who initially pledged €2,000 to help find the culprits of these crimes and this was matched by several others bring the total to €9,000.
Tony said the local community has had enough and they will not stand for these attacks against the most vulnerable people in the local community.
He called for a meeting with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to address the matter.
Crime victim, John Gillen said those who carry out such crimes are “scum” and the “quicker they are eliminated the better”.
He said he believes the perpetrators of the crime wave are local and tracked his movement before the struck.
The large crowd heard several harrowing stories from crime victims and their families.
A minutes silence was held to honour the memory of the late Susie Arthur from Raphoe, who spent her remaining days in hospital after being attacked in her own home.