26 May 2015

Man hit with hammer while trying to stop thief

4:41 pm on 26 May 2015

A man was struck with a hammer after he stepped in to stop a thief fleeing with $40,000 worth of jewellery at an Auckland store this morning.

The incident happened in a Sylvia Park shop at about 9.30am.

The injured man had to have dozens of stitches.

Up to six other people chased the alleged offender and detained him until police arrived.

A 22 year-old man will appear in the Auckland District Court tomorrow charged with aggravated wounding and shoplifting.