Woman's heart attack while chasing thief

By Sarah Hardie of the Wairarapa Times Age -
Photo / Thinkstock
Photo / Thinkstock

A 21-year-old Masterton woman was revived by an off duty St John officer after collapsing of a suspected heart attack while chasing a shoplifter yesterday.

Police said the Farmers employee, along with a second staff member, chased a 23-year-old woman alleged to have stolen a handbag worth $190.

The suspect was chased across Masterton's main street and down a small lane next to Paper Plus, where the retail worker collapsed.

Masterton Police Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson said the off-duty St John worker went to her aid, and she was taken to Masterton Hospital's high dependency unit and later transferred to Wellington Hospital.

"She was brought back with paddles, so her heart had stopped. She was very lucky to have the woman from St John's nearby.''

The second staff member managed to apprehend the fleeing woman and recover the handbag.

A 23-year-old is due to appear in court in relation to the incident.

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