A Hastings shopkeeper has been left shaken after being threatened with a knife in an aggravated robbery this morning.

At 9:15am two people were reported to have entered a store, on the corner of Charles St and Eastbourne St West.

Police said the pair threatened the shop attendant with a knife before taking some cash, store stock and a set of keys belonging to the victim.

They used these keys to flee in the shop attendant's car - a white Toyota Hilux ute.

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Hawke's Bay Police searched the area following the burglary and found the vehicle a short time later on the outskirts of the town - near the local showground.

The shop attendant was not hurt in the incident.

Police are now appealing for any information related to any suspicious activity around the shop and the showground where the car was found.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Amy Bryant at Hastings Police on 06 873 0500 or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.