Manhunt underway for four armed raiders
A MANHUNT is underway for four men involved in an armed robbery at a post office in Kerry.
Two members of staff at Tarbert Post Office were left terrified after two men, one armed with a pistol and the other with a baseball bat, entered the premises shortly after 4pm yesterday, while another man stood guard at the door.
There were no customers on the premises at the time.
They demanded money from staff before making off with what has been described as a small amount of cash.
A black Mitsubishi Colt car with registration number beginning 99 KY, driven by a fourth member of the gang, made off in the direction of Glin.
It was found burnt out about 10 minutes later, a short distance away.
No shots were fired and no one was injured in the raid.
Gardai believe the gang may still be in the general area.
One of the men who entered the post office was over six feet in height, of slim build and in his 20s. The other man was described as being smaller, about 5' 10" in height and of medium build.
They were both wearing boiler suits and balaclavas.
The man in the car and the man who stood at the entrance were also masked.
Staff managed to activate the alarm and gardai from Listowel attended the scene.
Chief Superintendent Pat Sullivan said the whole thing happened in a very short period of time.
The burnt out Mitsubishi Colt has been towed to Listowel Garda Station for a technical examination.
The scene of the armed robbery was also preserved and an examination carried out by the Garda Divisional Crime Unit in Tralee.
An investigation team has been set up and house-to-house inquiries are being carried out in the area.
"We would appeal to anyone who was in the Tarbert area from about 3.45pm to 4.15pm or on the Glin Road that would have seen this type of vehicle to come forward and contact us," he said.
Gardai also believe the men had local accents.
"That's why we believe people in the area may have an idea who committed this robbery," he added.
Listowel Gardai can be contacted at 068-50820.