A 21-year-old staff member at a Willetton hardware store was held with cable ties and threatened with an axe during a violent armed robbery yesterday.
The axe-wielding thug, who had his face concealed by a balaclava, threatened two staff members as they walked to their cars after closing the store about 3pm.
He made them re-open the High Road store, before binding the hands of the 21-year-old man.
A 29-year-old female employee was forced to hand over cash before the robber fled through a rear door.
Police said the man was in his late 20s, about 170cm tall and slimly built.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.