Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at a Whanganui hotel on Monday afternoon.
At 3:45pm on Monday, a man entered the Castlecliff Hotel and confronted the manager to demand money.
After the manager gave the man the cash, the offender left through the hotel's back door and headed towards Tennyson St and Polson St. He was last seen running up Polson St towards Carson St.
"The manager and his family are hardworking members of our community and work long hours to keep the doors of the Castlecliff Hotel open for their patrons to enjoy," said Det Sgt Phil Taylor of the Whanganui police.
"As well as the obvious stress and danger a crime like this creates, it also jeopardises the financial viability of this business which could have a wider impact on the community."
The man is described as being six-foot and of a thin build. He was wearing a dark grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood up over a lighter coloured cap. The sweatshirt is believed to have had a full length zip up the front.
He also wore long light grey coloured track pants which police believe had white strips running the length of the leg and had a backpack on.
Taylor said police were committed to find the offender and called on the public for information.
If you have information, please contact the Whanganui Police on (06) 349 0600 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.