A young woman and a boy are being dubbed "good Samaritans" by police after helping them track down an alleged offender of an aggressive burglary in St Marys Bay.
Police were alerted to a man allegedly stealing money from a sushi shop on Jervois Rd on March 5 at 3pm. The offender reportedly punched and pushed the owner before fleeing.
"I was a little scared so he pushed me and tried to run away. He punched me and threw the money," the owner said.
An off-duty police officer, Senior Sergeant Mark Clayton, spotted the man running out of the shop being chased by members of the public.
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The alleged offender was about 100 metres from Clayton, who was on foot, when a woman in her 20s driving a black hatchback pulled over to help.
She gave him a lift and then a boy aged about 10 pointed out where the alleged offender was hiding, police said.
"I approached that address to which the male came from behind bushes and confronted me in a quite aggressive manner.
"We managed to calm him down by having a conversation and waited for police arrival," Clayton said.
A 41-year-old man was arrested and charged with burglary and aggravated assault.
Police are now looking for the woman and boy to thank them for their efforts in helping police.
• If you know you who these people are, please email Mark.Clayton@Police.govt.nz.