Police are seeking help from the public following the robbery of the IGA supermarket at Barrack Heights on Sunday morning.
At about 10.30am a man entered the supermarket in Captain Cook Drive armed with a hammer.
The contents of the till were taken during the robbery. No employee was harmed during the incident. Police are seeking assistance from anyone who may have seen a white vehicle leaving the scene around 10.30am.
Police are yet to confirm a link between today’s incident and other incidents this month involving to the robberies of IGA supermarkets at Gerringong and Bomaderry.
All incidents have involved the use of a hammer as a weapon.
Inspector Ron Davis of the Lake Illawarra Area Command reminded all small businesses and late night trading premises to vigilant in terms of cash handling.
Police are investigating a possible link between the armed hold up of an IGA Supermarket in Bomaderry on Wednesday and the incident at Gerringong earlier in the month.
Police were called to the IGA Supermarket in the Bomaderry Plaza at about 7.15pm on Wednesday after a man entered the store, armed with a hammer.
He threatened a female shop attendant and demanded cash.
A second staff member approached the counter a short time later and the man fled the location with an amount of cash.
No one was injured during the incident.
Officers conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area, but the offender was not located.
The man is described as having a tanned complexion, about 175 to 180cm tall and was of a slim build.
He was last seen wearing a black-coloured balaclava, dark-coloured hooded jumper, long dark pants, white joggers and gloves.
The hold up at the Gerringong IGA Supermarket occurred on Saturday, August 5.
On that occasion a man wearing a balaclava and armed with a hammer entered the store on Blackwood Street and threatened a 16-year-old female cashier.
The offender demanded she give him money and cigarettes.
The cashier obliged, and the man then fled the scene on foot.
He is described as being 170 to 175cm tall, and with a thin build.
At the time of that incident, the man was wearing baggy jeans, a white hooded jumper and white shoes.
Detectives are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.