Masked robbers brandished a knife while they robbed the CR dairy in Eltham this morning.
Detective sergeant Drew Bennett said at 6:20am the offenders entered the dairy on the corner of Conway Road and High Street and stole cigarettes.
The shop assistant was in a back room and was alerted someone was in the shop by the door buzzer.
When she saw the robbers at the cigarette case they pulled the knife on her.
She ran away, locked herself in another room and rang the police.
She was left shaken and did not return to work.
The men had their faces covered and one was carrying a black sports-style carry bag with a distinctive white logo with the word 'sport' on the end of the bag.
Bennett said police would like to speak to anyone who is able to identify the men or the bag.
"I believe people connected to the offenders will know who has committed this crime and request they make contact with police. It is a concern that the offenders decided to arm themselves."
He said police know a number of people change shift at the factories around the time of the robbery and are interested in speaking to anyone who saw two people walking together in the area around Conway Road and High Street early on Tuesday morning.
Police are also interested in sightings of any suspicious vehicles around the area of the Eltham Primary school between 6am-6:30am.
Bennett praised the response of the shop assistant and said it was a good reminder to the public that if ever confronted with someone wielding a weapon to remove themselves from the situation rather than challenge the offender.
Anyone with information relevant to this investigation is asked to contact the Stratford CIB on (06) 765 8860. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Taranaki Daily News
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