Published Tuesday, 25 December 2012
Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area. (© UTV)
A security guard was threatened by a man carrying a large knife during the incident on Ardoyne Road shortly before 12.30pm on Monday.
The thief made off with a box containing a sum of money.
The guard was left badly shaken, but uninjured as a result of the ordeal.
Police are linking a green coloured Ford car, which was found abandoned in the Etna Drive area some time later, to the robbery.
Residents in the area were evacuated for a time as police and army bomb experts dealt with the suspicious car. They have now been allowed to return home.
Police have thanked them for their patience during the operation.
A PSNI spokesman said: "Police in north Belfast appreciate the impact that this has had on evacuated residents on such a precious day like today."
The robber is described as being tall, wearing a black coloured jacket, grey sports top and blue jeans. He had a black coloured scarf covering his face.
Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity on Oldpark Road - in the vicinity of the Hedgehog and Bucket pub and the Joy King Chinese takeaway - is asked to contact the police.
The PSNI also want to speak to anyone who witnessed the robbery.