Armed man breaks into supermarket

Last updated 10:26 22/01/2014

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A 62-year-old man has been charged with burglary after he allegedly broke in to an Oamaru supermarket armed with a gun early today.

A man was believed to have smashed a front door around 4.30am to get inside the Wansbeck St New World store, and was found by the stores' bakery staff, company Foodstuffs said.

Police were called and the store, which was not open to the public at the time, was evacuated.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy said before police reached the scene a man armed with a firearm confronted four staff in the supermarket. The staff left the store, as police began negotiations with the man.

McCoy said police were interviewing the man, with a decision on possible further charges to be made later today.

During the incident police closed State Highway 1. The Dunedin armed offenders squad was also alerted but the man was arrested before they arrived.

New World owner/operator Justin Smith said the store opened at 7am as usual, although bread production was delayed.

He praised the quick actions of his staff who discovered the man and immediately called the police.

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