POLICE are investigating a possible link between an armed hold up in Bomaderry on Wednesday night and a similar incident in Gerringong earlier this month.
In both cases the offender threatened staff with a hammer.
Police were called to the IGA Supermarket in the Bomaderry Plaza at about 7.15pm on Wednesday after a man entered the store, armed with a hammer.
He threatened a female shop attendant and demanded cash.
A second staff member approached the counter a short time later and the man fled the location with an amount of cash.
No one was injured during the incident.
Police attended the location and launched an investigation into the incident.
Officers conducted an extensive search of the surrounding area, but the offender was not located.
The man is described as having a tanned complexion, about 175 to 180cm tall and was of a slim build.
He was last seen wearing a black-coloured balaclava, dark-coloured hooded jumper, long dark pants, white joggers and gloves.
Detectives are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry and urge anyone with information to contact Nowra Police on 4421 9699 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
An investigating is under way into possible links to a similar hold up at the Gerringong IGA Supermarket on Saturday, August 5 at 7.40pm.
On that occasion a man wearing a balaclava and armed with a hammer entered the store on Blackwood Street and threatened a 16-year-old female cashier.
The offender demanded she give him money and cigarettes.
The cashier obliged, and the man then fled the scene on foot.
He is described as being 170 to 175cm tall, and with a thin build.
At the time of that incident, the man was wearing baggy jeans, a white hooded jumper and white shoes.