Police on the state’s mid north coast have commenced inquiries after a man was injured during an armed robbery at Elizabeth Beach overnight.
Three men entered a recreation club on The Lakes Way just after 10pm, armed with a machete and crow bar.
Police allege the trio confronted three employees after they had closed the club for the evening and were leaving the building.
The employees were forced back into the club before one of them, a 28-year-old man, was struck on the arm with the machete.
The offenders stole a large sum of cash from the safe, ATM and poker machines.
The group restrained the employees with cable ties before stealing a Holden Commodore from the location and fleeing.
Police were called and officers from Manning / Great Lakes Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene.
The injured employee was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he is undergoing surgery.
Detectives have commenced inquiries and are appealing for public assistance to locate those involved.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or suspicious behaviour in the area overnight is urged to contact detectives.