LISMORE police are on the hunt for four men after they robbed an Alstonville pizza store on Tuesday night and torched their stolen getaway car.
Three men wearing balaclavas and armed with baseball bats and a knife stormed into the Eagle Boys store at Alstonville Plaza demanding cash at about 9pm.
Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Moore, said the offenders threatened the store manager before fleeing on foot with a moderate amount of cash and a mobile phone and a wallet.
In the scuffle, the 46-year-old store manager received bruising after he was struck by one of the offenders with a baseball bat.
He said the men then met another man driving a grey Subaru Liberty sedan, stolen from Goonellabah on Monday.
The store manager called police, who put out an alert for police officers in the area to watch for the Subaru.
A short time later police found the vehicle alight in Skyline Dr at Goonellabah but the men had fled the scene.
Det Insp Moore said the men were described as Aboriginal in appearance, of medium build and aged between 17 and 20 years.
All were wearing dark-coloured clothing, hooded jumpers, jeans and balaclavas, he said.
Detectives examined the scene and were reviewing CCTV footage of the robbery.
Det Insp Moore said the armed robbery was an unusual type of offence for this area.
"Our investigators are extremely motivated to bring the perpetrators to justice," he said.
"We will be making extensive enquiries through local networks to catch the culprits."
Anyone with any information on the stolen Subaru or the armed robbery is asked to call Lismore police on 6626 0599 or to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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