Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery at the Carry Out Off Licence at the Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise on Monday night.
A lone male entered the premises at 9pm brandishing a knife and threatened staff. After failing to prise open the cash register, he proceeded to smash a number of bottles.
He then left the premises, heading out of town. He was wearing a high vis vest, a balaclava and dark coloured tracksuit.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Portlaoise Gardaí at 057 86 74100.