A man has been charged over an armed robbery at a Mandurah newsagency on Tuesday.
The man entered the newsagent off Mandurah Terrace at around 4:30pm, allegedly approaching the counter and asking one of the staff for cash and cigarettes while wearing a divers’ hood and carrying a bag.
The staff member asked the man to remove the mask and the man took out a hammer from the bag, threatening the staff member.
Staff members ran out of the store in fear.
The man jumped over the counter and removed an amount of cash from the register along with a number of packs of cigarettes before running from the store.
A number of people from a neighbouring store chased after the man and held him until police arrived.
The 33-year-old man from Mandurah was charged with one count of armed robbery and will appear in Mandurah Magistrates Court today.