Armed pair rob petrol station

A masked and armed robber told a petrol station attendant he had one minute to fill a bag with cigarettes before he started shooting, the owner says.

Two men, one armed with a long barrelled firearm, entered the Paeroa Caltex service station about 10pm on Saturday and fled with $375 cash and $1280 cigarettes

Police are still on the hunt for the pair and are keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help track them down.

Moores Service Station owner David Milner said one staff member, a 20-year-old man, was on duty at the time and a teenager was buying a drink

''They came in with a gun and one said fill a bag up and you've got one minute or I'll start shooting,'' he said.

''It was scare tactics but it worked. These boys will be in deep bother when they get caught.''

Milner said they're now closing an hour earlier and have introduced night service from 8pm as a result.

The staff member had two days off and was offered counselling, he said.

Detective Simon Everson of the Waihi CIB said the armed offender kept the staff member at bay as his accomplice loaded cash and cigarettes into what was described as a green and brown patterned pillowslip before he ran from the store.

The armed offender continued to demand more cigarettes be put in a plastic bag before he to fled the scene."

Everson said the pair were last seen running separately along Taylors Ave, heading towards Brennan St.Both were described as Maori or Polynesian males about 188cm tall.

The gunman was described as wearing dark clothing including a dark hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, distinctive long blue pants with a silver reflective band running around both legs just below the knees.

He also wore gloves and had a red bandanna over his face.Everson said the second offender was wearing similar dark coloured clothing with the hood of his sweatshirt pulled up and a white mask or balaclava over his face.

"Patrons of the local rugby club described two similar dressed men seen acting suspiciously at the intersection of Towers and Seymour streets earlier in the evening."

These men were described as driving a dark coloured car similar to an early 1990's Ford Telstar or Mazda 626 hatchback or station wagon which was described as having four-spoke mag-wheels." 

Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen the offenders in the vehicle checking out the area prior to the robbery or who may have seen either man running to or from the service station.

Anyone with information is asked to call Everson at the Waihi CIB office on 07 8633711, or alternatively, information can be left anonymously with the independent Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.