Student wrestled burglar
Student wrestles flatmates' goods from burglarSAM BOYER
The brazen burglar probably wasn't expecting any trouble from photography student Erin Walker when she found him rummaging around in her flat.
He knows better now, after the 21-year-old wrestled with him and chased him down the street, forcing him to leave behind two bags full of stolen goods. "It was just instinct. I wasn't going to let him get away with it," said Ms Walker, of Mt Cook.
She has been left with bruises up her arm, and on her knee and elbow. While she plays down her bravery, her flatmates say they are "stoked", and the one whose gear was stolen has bought her lunch by way of thanks.
She had just got home from university about 11am on Friday when the man knocked on the front door and asked for someone who didn't live at the house, in Rugby St. He went around the back and climbed in a window, she said.
"I could hear some banging upstairs. I went up and I found him inside my flatmate's room. I found him with a backpack full of stuff and my flatmate's gym bag."
The man had filled two gym bags with two laptops, their chargers, a PlayStation 3, three bottles of whisky and two pairs of running shoes. "I think I might have just said to him, ‘What are you doing?' and, ‘Give me that.'
"We had a bit of a wrestle down the hallway and I managed to get [one] gym bag off him. He went to get out the window he'd come in and I grabbed him.
"I held on for a bit but he managed to push me off. I chased him out the house and then down the street. I was yelling for someone to help me stop him and get the [second] bag off him."
A male passerby joined the pursuit, chased down the man, and retrieved the second bag.
Police were called, and a man was arrested soon afterwards in Taranaki St.
Police confirmed a 30-year-old man was charged with burglary and would appear in court this week.
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