Police are investigating following an armed robbery in Golden Point, Ballarat yesterday morning.
Investigators have been told a woman was opening a retail store in Clayton Street just after 8.30am when she was approached by a balaclava clad man armed with a boxcutter.
The man held the woman down on the ground and demanded cash and keys to her car.
The man, wearing all black clothing, stole items from her car before fleeing west along Clayton Street where he crossed a footbridge over Canadian Creek.
The woman aged in her 40s, sustained bruising and was treated at the scene by paramedics.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au