Police arrest man seen with weapon in central Tauranga

By Amy McGillivray

Police have arrested a man after reports of a person entering central Tauranga shops with a gun.

Tauranga police Senior Sergeant Steve Hindmarsh said it appeared the gun was not real.

``It was something that looked like a firearm.''

Mag and Turbo owner Shane Morgan said the firearm looked like a BB gun.

The man came into his shop this morning and starting asking staff "really random questions", Mr Morgan said.

The staff member talking with the man noticed he had a pistol in his hand and tried to close the conversation.

The man subsequently walked outside and started playing with the gun, before walking off down Wharf Street where he was arrested by police.

Mr Morgan said he thought the man may have been intoxicated.

"My salesperson was a little freaked out by it. It was definitely not a pleasant experience.

Mr Hindmarsh said it was unclear if the man had entered more than one shop.

``We don't know if it was robbery motivated or not."

Police are continuing their investigations.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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