Detectives have sealed off two areas in Chandlers Ford following the theft of a cash box from a G4S security Guard a delivery to the HSBC bank at the Precinct.
This is the same security company and bank branch which were targeted in the 2007 armed robbery which resulted in two of the robbers being shot dead by police marksmen.
This time no one has been injured.
The robber, wearing a balaclava, struck at 9.42 this morning when he accosted the security guard and demanded the cash box he was carrying.
The box containing an undisclosed sum of money was handed over and the offender ran to a sliver Volvo car which was waiting and sped off.
The car was later found abandoned at Symonds Close less than a quarter of a mile away.
Both the area around HSBC bank and Symonds Close are closed off while Police continue to search for any forensic evidence.
The cash box was recovered from the abandoned vehicle but it is not known if the money was still inside.
Anyone with information that will assist police with the investigation should contact the District Investigation Team at Eastleigh police station on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Photos: ©Stephen Slominski