Knife-wielding thieves made off with cash, chocolate and cigarettes after an early morning robbery in Wanniassa on Thursday.

ACT Policing said three people in dark clothing and armed with knives entered the 7 Eleven Service Station and threatened a staff member around 1.25am.

The staff member handed over a small sum of cash, while the trio also took some cigarettes and chocolate bar.

All three offenders had black cloth covering their faces and are believed to be young, possibly teenagers. It is believed they left the area in a car parked around 200 metres from the service station.

Detective Sergeant Donna Parsons commended staff for complying with the offenders’ demands.

“In these situations it is important for victims to remember their personal safety is of paramount importance,” she said.

“Property can be replaced, people can’t.”

The first offender was wearing a cap, green camouflaged hooded jumper, grey undershirt, and grey tracksuit pants with white stripes down the side, black shoes and white gloves. The second offender was wearing a black hooded tracksuit top with white stripes down the sleeves and white gloves. The third offender was wearing a black hooded jumper, black tracksuit pants with two white stripes down the sides, white sneakers and white gloves.

ACT Policing is urging anyone who was in the area at the time of the offence to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or viawww.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.