25 Aug 2010

Man who died after pharmacy confrontation named

3:12 pm on 25 August 2010

Police have named the intruder who died after a struggle with a pharmacist at his shop in Mt Albert in Auckland.

He was Bruce Allan Jones, who was 43 years old, unemployed and from Mt Albert.

Mr Jones died after confronting the owner of the pharmacy in New North Road during what appears to have been an attempted burglary early on Tuesday morning.

The owner, Grant Gillard, who is in his 60s, has been spoken to by the police, and his lawyer Richard Earwaker says they won't know what if any action will taken until the cause of death is known.

A post mortem is scheduled for Wednesday.

The incident began when an alarm went off at the pharmacy early on Tuesday. When Mr Gillard and a security guard went to investigate at about 4.30am, they found no-one.

The guard left the owner to lock up and shortly afterwards, police say, Mr Gillard was confronted by Mr Jones and a struggle took place.

Police arrived and tried to revive the intruder but he was pronounced dead by ambulance staff just after 6am.

Officers have refused to say what injuries Mr Jones suffered or whether a weapon was involved.

Meanwhile, an Eden-Albert community board member, Pauline Anderson, says she has repeatedly warned the police and council that the area near the pharmacy was causing concern for locals.

She says glue-sniffers are among those who frequent that part of the Mt Albert village, "unsavoury behaviour" is going on, and it is an area to avoid at night.