Two people are being sought by police after an attempted armed robbery of a petrol station in Masterton.
Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Bysouth said the pair the BP on Chapel Street shortly after 9pm last night - one of them wielding a rifle.
"The pair threatened the employee with a firearm and demanded cash and cigarettes."
They left the BP and headed towards Renall Street and then possibly west towards Pownall Street junction.
Bysouth said the men were described as wearing dark clothing with their faces covered and were Māori aged between 20 and 25.
"The firearm they presented during the robbery is a distinctive rifle and someone may recognise it."
He said it was a frightening incident for the shop worker who was alone at the time of the robbery.
"We urge anyone in Pownall Street who has CCTV or anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact police.
"Police are also keen to speak to the driver of a car that drove past the pair immediately after the robbery took place."