Burglar's escape thwarted by quick-thinking passerby
It was meant to be a speedy getaway but the grappling intervention of a passerby left one young burglar facing the wrath of the law alone.
His two other accomplices left him for dust as they fled the scene of the burglary in St Andrews, Hamilton, overnight.
Around 11pm on Sunday three men were spotted trying to break into the back of a dairy at the local shopping centre on Braid Rd, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Dave Raffan said.
"A member of the public has observed this happening and has intervened."
After hearing the alarm go off, the passerby spotted the trio and dialled 111 to report the crime, Raffan said.
"He has then managed to detain one of them until police got there."
Raffan was unsure exactly how the passerby stopped one of the fleeing burglars, other than somehow grabbing and holding the thief.
"The other two left in a car - there's no description of the vehicle yet but we are following up with the CCTV and the man today."
The offenders managed to steal a few packets of cigarettes before fleeing the scene, he said.
Officers took the 18-year-old into custody where he would face further interviews on Monday morning.
"We don't encourage people to stop offenders but in this case the man did the right thing in calling us first to report it before he intervened," Raffan said.
Anyone who may have seen the other two culprits, or has information can call Hamilton police on 07 858 6200.
Information can also be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.