A Blenheim dairy owner fled from his shop this morning when a man carrying a hammer demanded money from the till.
Henry Huang , who owns the Showgrounds Store on Maxwell Rd, went into the front of his shop about 11.40am when a ‘‘very strange’’ looking man came in wearing a black hoody and big sunglasses.
The man was also shielding his face with his hand.
When Huang asked him what he wanted, the man opened a black bag revealing a hammer, and told him to put the money from the till into the bag.
Although he did not pull the hammer from the bag, Huang was concerned.
‘‘I ran out the back and yelled out ‘Help me please, help’,’’ he told Fairfax Media.
The man ran from the shop without taking anything.
Police described him as a large Polynesian about 1.8 metres (6 feet) tall, with black hair, which was frizzy on top and with a long ponytail.
He was dressed in black clothes with white sunglasses.
A police spokeswoman said they would like to speak to anyone who saw someone fitting the man's description in the area or anyone who had information that might help the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to phone Blenheim police on (03) 578 5279 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Fairfax Media