Robbers with a penchant for chocolate bars and chewing gum held-up a Dunedin dairy on Sunday night.
Police were called to the Stadium Store, in the suburb of St Kilda, at about 7pm on Sunday.
The husband and wife owners said it was the first armed robbery in the five years they had owned the store.
The woman, who declined to be named, said the pair carried a bag and an unknown item which may have been a weapon.
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The pair took tobacco, including a dozen pouches, cigarettes and $40 worth of chocolate bars and chewing gum.
She believed the pair to be a man and a woman, “the woman is quite slow and she wore boots”.
Her husband chased the pair and spotted them flee in a red car.
Officers cordoned-off the Victoria Rd store, while patrols searched for the getaway vehicle.
Police officers were also seen at a petrol station, where a red vehicle was understood to be involved in an earlier incident.
A police spokeswoman said there was no update “at this stage”, with inquiries continuing.
Last month a dairy in the suburb of Musselburgh was held-up at gunpoint by a man and a woman.