Two thieves wielding a tomahawk and a baseball bat have held up a Lake Heights pizza store, terrifying a 17-year-old shop assistant.
Lake Illawarra inspector Paul Allman said the two men entered the store on Weringa Avenue just before midnight on Sunday and stole a small amount of cash.
He said the male shop assistant was not physically harmed, but was “shaken and stressed by the incident”.
The first offender is described as a caucasian male who spoke with an Australian accent, about 1.8 metres tall with a thin build and about 18 to 25-years-old.
Police said he was carrying the tomahawk and was wearing a black t-shirt with white print, dark track pants and was covering his face with a red bandanna.
The second offender is described as Aboriginal in appearance and about 1.8 metres tall.
He was carrying a baseball bat and was wearing a light coloured cap, a dark t-shirt, black track pants and was covering his face with a white bandanna.
The two men were last seen running along Anna Avenue in Lake Heights.
Inspector Allman called for anyone with information to contact Lake Illawarra Police on 4232 5599.
He said there was nothing to suggest armed robberies in the region increased during the holiday period.
“These are opportunistic offenders, but again these are fairly serious crimes at the upper end of the scale and we will be making inquiries to locate [the offenders],” he said.