AN armed raider was spooked during a hold up at a filling station when a taxi driver drove in for fuel.
The yob, brandishing a knife and a 4ft pole, was demanding cash from a 30-year-old member of staff.
But when the cabbie appeared the ned panicked and fled empty-handed.
The frightening robbery bid was at a filling station, in Beith Road, Johnstone, in the early hours of Wednesday, June 23.
A source said: “An armed man was standing at the counter window of the shop and demanding money from the till.
“He was told he wasn’t getting any and the next thing a taxi driver drew into the forecourt for fuel.
“That worried the thug who started to panic then ran off.
“He didn’t get anything.”
The would-be robber is about 5ft 8ins tall, medium build, wore dark track suit bottoms, a blue jacket and wore a scarf over part of his face.
Police are checking CCTV footage in the hope the incident was captured on film.
Anyone with information is asked to ring Johnstone Police Office on 01505 404000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”