A YOUNG employee was threatened with a knife during an armed hold-up at a Wodonga pizza shop on Saturday night.
The Pizza Heaven employee, aged in his early 20s, was alone at the Mayfair Drive store when the robber barged in about 10.30pm.
The man, wearing a beanie he had turned into a balaclava, wielded a kitchen knife and demanded cash.
The employee handed him about $1200.
An Albury man, 35, was arrested soon after in nearby Melrose Drive. He was later charged and remanded in custody.
Pizza Heaven manager Steven Marinic said he had not long left the store when he received a phone call.
“My biggest concern is that he (the staff member) is OK and nothing happened to him,” he said.
“He did the right thing by letting him take the money.”
Mr Marinic said the staff member was “doing OK” and had been offered counselling.
He said while there had been a few break-ins at the store, this was the first armed robbery.
The store has CCTV and alarms.
“We’re well aware of the things that could happen, and this just makes you more aware,” he said.“You put everything in place to prevent such incidents but if someone wants to rob you, they will.
“It’s unfortunate you have to have this sort of thing in mind.”
Mr Marinic commended Wodonga police for catching the suspect so quickly.
Detective Sen-Constable Justin Foots said police had found a man in Melrose Drive.
A knife, gloves and other clothing had been found in front-yard garden beds.
All the cash was recovered.
“It was a good result for us,” he said.
The man has been charged with armed robbery and theft, will appear at Wodonga Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.