Kaikohe police are hunting a group of bandits who terrified local McDonald's staff in a frightening smash-and-grab last night.
A group of three men used an axe to break into the McDonald's just on closing time at around 11pm.
One had a gun that was brandished at staff, as the invaders filled an empty money bag with cash from the tills.
The group then made their getaway, with the whole planned robbery taking just on one minute.
About $2,000 in cash was taken.
Police have released CCTV of the incident and would like the public's help in identifying any of the alleged perpetrators.