MASKED men have held up a security guard in the car park of a McDonalds restaurant in Coffs Harbour this morning.
Eye witnesses say the armed bandits produced a small wooden bat during the brazen robbery, which happened in front of diners about 10am.
Police say the offenders made away with a bag containing takings from the restaurant.
The security guard was reportedly uninjured, but appeared visibly shaken, as he was interviewed by detectives.
Eye witnesses reported seeing two men, wearing hoodies and with their faces covered, struggle with the guard in the restaurant car park, as he approached his vehicle with a black cash bag.
"Someone yelled out look there’s a robbery happening," said one witness, who did not want to be named.
"The two men then jumped into a white commodore and they sped off, there may have been a driver, but I’m not sure it happened so quickly.
"I was just sitting here having a coffee and it was over in about 10 seconds – it looked like it was well planned and executed."
Police have cordoned off a crime scene, outside the Park Beach McDonalds, and have begun compiling descriptions of the men, who are believed to have been aged in their 20s or 30s.
Coffs Clarence Duty Officer Detective Inspector Chris Clarke called on the public to help police with the investigation.
It’s thought the offenders may have staked out security movements to and from the restaurant prior to the robbery.
"This appears to be a well thought out robbery and we are asking anyone who has seen a white Holden Commodore station wagon near the restaurant or circling in the area to come forward and assist police with the investigation," Mr Clarke said.
"Yes it appears a wooden bat of some description was used. Police have also been told the offenders had their faces covered.
"The robbery was captured on closed circuit security cameras and detectives are analysing that footage now," he said.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.