A man who caught two people breaking into his van early this morning was taken to hospital after an altercation that also left one of the alleged thieves with a life-threatening injury.

Police were called just after 4am to a vehicle break-in on Te Atatu Rd in West Auckland, close to the northwestern motorway.

A spokeswoman said a person reported two men were breaking into his vehicle.

After an altercation the alleged thief and van owner were taken hospital.

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Police want to talk to witnesses and said the alleged thief remains in a critical condition.
The van owner has since been discharged.

"While it was initially reported he had sustained a head injury, it is not clear at this stage what caused the [alleged offender's] loss of consciousness."


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No charges have been laid and no one has been arrested, police said, but a guard is at the scene+.

A St John spokeswoman said one person was taken to Auckland Hospital in a critical condition and another to Waitakere Hospital in a moderate condition.

Emergency services could not tell the Herald whether the second person was injured or had suffered a medical event.

A person at the scene said two police cars were still there about 6am. An orange sports shoe and a bloodied towel or sheet was in the driveway, he said.

Police are still making inquiries and looking for the other person involved.