Two youths are in custody and police are searching for three others after an aggravated robbery in central Wellington overnight.
Five youths held up a 24-hour convenience store in Manners Street just before 2am, Acting Senior Sergeant Nick Thom said.
They assaulted the store's staff member with a pipe-like weapon before taking money from the cash register.
They then left the store on foot, Mr Thom said.
Police have arrested two 16-years-olds in relation to the incident and they will appear in the Wellington Youth Court today.
Three others were still being sought by police, Mr Thom said.
Anyone with information could contact Wellington police on 04 381 2000 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.