A masked machete-wielding robber struck at a small Porirua store this afternoon.
But the man made off with only a "small amount of cash", police say.
He walked into Discount T, a tobacco store on Serlby Place, shortly before 3pm today, brandishing a machete at staff.
Nobody was injured in the robbery.
The man was wearing a light-grey hooded jacket, light-coloured pants and red shoes. He wore sunglasses and masked his face.
Anyone with information can call Wellington police on 04 381 2000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.