Police are currently investigating a robbery at the Mananui Dairy on James Street, Whakatane earlier this morning.
Sergeant Ray Wylie said at around 7.10am two men entered the premises with their faces covered, carrying wooden weapons and stole cigarettes before fleeing the scene.
The dairy owner was in the shop at the time, but was not injured.
Whakatane CIB are currently investigating the incident, and they ask that anyone who was in the area at the time of the robbery and may have information that could assist to please get in touch.
Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the area is also encouraged to contact Police.
Any relevant information can be provided to the Whakatane Police (07) 308 5255 or call with information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.