Images: NSW Police
Detectives have released CCTV images of a terrifying robbery at East Maitland in hopes the public can help them find the culprits.
Three men armed with a shotgun, baseball bat and knife came through the back door of the Hunter River Hotel on December 5 before threatening staff and patrons inside.
A customer with the baseball bat during the ordeal, but fortunately he wasn't seriously hurt.
The bandits escaped the Melbourne Street pub in a white late-model sedan with cash, people's purses and a red tool box.
Police have released images of two men who may be able to help them with their inquiries.
The first man is depicted as being of Caucasian appearance, with a thin build, 160-170cm tall, and wearing a blue hooded jumper, and a white cotton face covering.
The second is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with a thin build, 160-170cm tall, and wearing a dark-coloured jumper with a grey hood, and a white cotton face covering.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.