Police investigate attempted armed robbery of Raymond Terrace petrol station

Port Stephens police are appealing to the public for information on the identity and whereabouts of a man accused of robbing a Raymond Terrace petrol station armed with a weapon on Friday night.

Police said a man entered the petrol station in Adelaide Street about 7.10pm on December 27 and approached the counter.

It is understood the man asked for a pack of cigarettes before allegedly threatening the male staff member with what appeared to be a firearm and demanded cash and cigarettes.

Police said the man jumped the counter then struggled with the staff member who managed to escape from the premises. The staff member returned and a further struggled followed.

The man ran from the store, jumping on a bicycle and fleeing the scene without any cash.

No customers were inside the store at the time and no one was hurt.

Port Stephens-Hunter Police District officers were called and began their investigations.

A crime scene was established. A number of items were seized for forensic testing including a paintball pistol in the shape of a firearm, a cap, a bag and a bicycle helmet.

The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 20 and 25 years old, around 180cm tall, with red hair and a medium build.

He was last seen wearing a brown hooded jumper, brown pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information about the man or the incident is urged to contact Raymond Terrace Police Station on (02) 4983 7599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.