Four people were arrested following a manhunt after thieves smashed into an oncoming car and then escaped on foot.
The search is ongoing with up to 20 gardai combing the countryside in the greater Callan area searching for the culprits.
At 11.30am a house on the Callan Road was broken into by four men. The thieves were disturbed by neighbours and left the scene at speed in a getaway vehicle.
Within minutes they were involved in a collision with an oncoming car and they ran from the scene.
After three hours of searching four people were arrested shortly before 3pm. They are detained at Kilkenny Garda Station where they are currently being questioned.