A BUS driver was robbed at knifepoint in Listowel on Friday when a hooded youth came onto his bus early in the morning as he was preparing the float and threatened him with a blade pointed close to his face.
The incident happened between 7.30am and 8am on Friday as the Bus Éireann driver was preparing the coin dispensing float while parked in the Gurtinard area of Listowel, adjacent to the town golf course.
He was at work on the float when a hooded man suddenly climbed onto the bus and thrust a knife in his direction demanding the money.
Gardaí in Listowel say the youth spoke with a foreign accent and was unidentifiable as he had a hood pulled tight over his face, exposing only his eyes. He made off with cash through the estate of Gurtinard and out onto the Tarbert Road.
Gardaí ask anyone who noticed anything suspicious on the morning to contact them. "We would also ask any shopkeeper who might have dealt with a young man with a lot of coins and notes to please contact us at Listowel garda station," a spokesperson said.
The bus driver, who is from the Tralee area, was left badly shaken by the encounter.