The Woolloomooloo grocery shop was allegedly held up by a man armed with a syringe. (9NEWS)
A Sydney shop assistant was allegedly threatened with a blood-filled syringe during a terrifying daylight robbery yesterday.
CCTV captured the alleged incident, which saw the robber burst into the Charles Street, Woolloomooloo, grocery store about 3.30pm.
With a jumper wrapped around his head in a makeshift disguise and allegedly armed with a blood-filled syringe, the robber sprinted into the shop and forced the young shop assistant to open the cash register.
Apparently unsatisfied with the taking, CCTV then allegedly captures him demanding a second resister be opened.
The shop assistant, aged in his 20s, was uninjured during the robbery.
May 24, 2015: A 39-year-old man is tonight behind bars after allegedly terrorising a shop worker with a blood-filled syringe in a raid at a Woolloomooloo grocery store.
His boss, Alan Sheng, said he was just thankful his staff were unharmed.
“I think the staff do the right thing, life is worth more than money,” he told 9NEWS.
“I think he (the shop assistant) was calm and he did the right thing.”
Police rushed to the scene following the robbery and less than three hours later – and only a few hundred meters away – they made an arrest.
Matthew Donald, 39, was taken into custody and charged with robbery with an offensive weapons and possession of a prohibited drug.
Police allege they also found a small amount of cannabis during the arrest.
He was refused bail at Parramatta Court this morning and will reappear later this month.
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