Syringe robbery at filling station

GARDAÍ are appealing for information, following a brazen robbery at a filling station in which a shop assistant was threatened with a blood-filled syringe.

GARDAÍ are appealing for information, following a brazen robbery at a filling station in which a shop assistant was threatened with a blood-filled syringe.

The incident happened at around 9.30pm on Saturday, February 5, when a man entered the Campus Filling Station on the Mountmellick Road in Portlaoise. After fixing himself a cup of tea at the dispenser, the man produced a syringe filled with blood and demanded cash and cigarettes from the female assistant behind the counter.

The man is described as being 5’ 8” or 5’ 9” in height, with dark hair and stubble and a nose that looked as though it had once been broken. He was wearing an orange hoodie with navy arms and a navy stripe across the chest. After specifically demanding only 40 cigarettes and the contents of the till, the man fled on foot.

Owner of the filling station, Mr Derek Tuohy described it as “a particularly nasty incident” and praised the actions of the shop assistant.

“She didn’t panic,” said Mr Tuohy, “the way she controlled the situation and the way she held herself was absolutely brilliant.” Mr Tuohy said that CCTV footage showed the man behaving in a calm manner during the incident.

“It wasn’t his first time to do this,” Mr Tuohy said.

Anyone with any information on the robbery can call Portlaoise Garda Station on 05786 21666.