A dairy owner was allegedly threatened by three robbers with weapons who then led police on a pursuit through the Waikato.

Three people entered the Waihou dairy about 6.40pm last night and allegedly threatened the owner with weapons before stealing cigarettes and a phone, police said.

The three then fled the scene in a car driven by a fourth offender, police say.

Police found the car a short time later on State Highway 27 near Matamata and road spikes were used to stop it when the driver refused to pull over.

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The offenders jumped out of the car and ran away through farmland.

A police dog unit tracked one of the offenders to a nearby house.

A 19-year-old man was arrested in relation to the aggravated robbery and will appear in court today.

Police are still searching for the other three offenders.