Lake Illawarra police are calling for help from the public after two men held up a Cringila service station with an axe and a hammer overnight.
A male attendant was struck during the incident, which occurred around 3am today at United Petroleum on Five Islands Road, Cringila.
Lake Illawarra inspector Ron Davis said the man was ‘‘shaken up’’ but not seriously injured.
He said the thieves took off with an amount of cigarettes, and police were now reviewing CCTV footage of the incident.
Insp Davis said it was not known if the robbery was related to other recent hold ups in the area, but urged businesses to be vigilant.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers or Lake Illawarra police on 1800 333 000.