A manhunt is under way after a Wagga shop was robbed and an employee threatened with an axe first thing on Monday morning.
About 6am at Kooringal Mall, a man entered a cigarette shop armed with a small axe, and after intimidating the worker, escaped with cash and cigarettes.
Detective Chief Inspector Winston Woodward said the armed robber was wearing dark clothing and face coverings.
"He ran off, down a rear lane, and we are now canvassing for CCTV and witnesses to come forward," he said.
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"They did not sustain any injuries but, of course, a very bad shock to the employee."
Inspector Woodward said they would not be releasing any footage at this time as they continue to review it.
He said the investigation was in its early stages, and they rely on members of the public to come forward with any leads they might have.
Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Riverina Police District on 6922 2599.
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