Three men who used an axe to hold up a dairy at Mount Roskill in Auckland are still on the loose.

They went into the Parau St shop just before 2pm yesterday and threatened the staff member.

One of them was waving an axe.

The men took cigarettes and the till and drove off.

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Police patrol cars, dogs and the Eagle helicopter were all used in a search but the men have so far not been located.