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A group of people armed with a hammer broke into a store in central Australia, smashing several televisions, televisions units and other electronics items, police said on Friday.

The store in the city of Wodonga, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Sydney, was empty when the robbery occurred, the Wodonga Local Area Command said in a statement.

The police said the suspects fled the scene and are believed to be in the Wooten area.

No arrests have been made and the store is not under surveillance.

Police are investigating the robbery as a “significant” crime.

“There is an ongoing police investigation, which is expected to be completed by the end of this week,” police said.

The police force said a group of four to five men armed with “large hammers” broke into the store.

They took everything they could carry and smashed windows.

“They had to use a hammer to smash down some of the windows, as well as other items,” the Woburn Local Area Commander said.

“All the damage was done to the merchandise inside the store, with a number of TVs, televisels and electronic items in the store.”

Police said the robbers were carrying a “large hammer” and the police are still investigating whether the hammer was actually used in the robbery.

They are appealing for information to help find the suspects and have released a CCTV image of a man wearing a white shirt and dark shorts, as seen in the CCTV footage released.

Anyone with information should contact police on 13 8621 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.