Service station employee threatened with samurai sword and baseball bat in Sandgate

Newcastle police are investigating following an armed robbery at a service station in Sandgate overnight.

About 1.45am on Friday, May 22 emergency services were called to a service station on Maitland Road on reports of an armed robbery.

Police were told two unknown men entered the station and approached the counter, threatening the employee, a 24-year-old man, with a samurai sword and baseball bat, while demanding money.

The men stole cash, before fleeing the scene on foot towards Mangrove Road.

The service station employee was not physically injured, police said.

Newcastle City Police District officers attended and established a crime scene, which was examined by specialist forensic police.

Police are are asking anyone who may have dashcam or CCTV footage from the surrounding area, or who may have noticed suspicious activity, at the time of the armed robbery to contact detectives at Newcastle Police Station on (02) 4929 0999.