Four teenagers have been arrested and charged with the aggravated robbery of a dairy, in Mt Maunganui this morning.
Police said the youths entered the superette at about 11am, one of them armed with a wheel brace.
They threatened the shopkeeper and took cash before leaving in a stolen car.
About an hour later, they were spotted, and despite dumping the car and fleeing on foot, they were caught.
Two teenage girls and two teenage boys will appear in Tauranga's Youth Court on Monday.