Porirua CIB is appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery at Briscoes Homeware store in the Porirua Mega Centre last night.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam, Porirua CIB, says a female staff member had just closed up about 5pm when she was approached by a masked man outside the shop.
"She was threatened with a firearm and was forced to unlock the shop, go back inside and remove a large amount of money," Detective Senior Sergeant Oxnam says.
The offender is described as a clean shaven male Maori, short hair, aged between 25 to 35 years, 5ft 4in to 5ft 5in tall and of stocky build.
He was wearing a black balaclava with two eye holes and a mouth hole, dark coloured long sleeved jersey and three-quarter pants, the colour of which is unknown.
"Weâ€™re keen to hear from anyone who was near the rear of Briscoes between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Sunday night," Mr Oxnam says.
If you have information which could help the police inquiry, please contact Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam on tel 238 1422 or Detective Peter Middlemiss, tel 238 1448.
A police photofit is currently being prepared.