Man grabs in­truder

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Wak­ing up to a stranger creep­ing around the house is ev­ery­one’s worst nightmare.

But one Herne Bay man wasn’t about to let an in­truder get away eas­ily.

The man, who asked to be named only as Steve, chased a youth he dis­cov­ered in his Herne Bay house and re­strained him with the help of neigh­bours ar­rived.

Steve and his wife had just got into bed around 10pm on April 4 when he no­ticed a light in the hall­way.

He first thought it was from a car on the street but re­alised there was some­one in the house when he spotted it again.

His young chil­dren were asleep in their rooms.

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‘‘I just started yelling at him to get out of the house,’’ he says.

The in­truder fled out onto the street and Steve ran af­ter him.

‘‘I was say­ing ‘ I’m go­ing to get you’, and he was yelling back ‘ stop chas­ing me’.’’

‘‘I caught up, jumped on his back and pulled him to the ground.’’

‘‘I didn’t think of the conse- quences if he’d had a knife or some­thing.

‘‘I was fam­ily.’’

A neigh­bour heard the noise and came and gave Steve a hand to res­train the in­truder.

An­other neigh­bour ap­peared and recog­nised the cul­prit as the same per­son who’d en­tered a dif­fer­ent property through the front door ear­lier

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my that evening.

‘‘Ap­par­ently he said ‘I’ve got the wrong house’ and left,’’ Steve says.

Res­i­dents later dis­cov­ered that other people nearby had re­ported break-ins on the same night.

One of Steve’s chil­dren slept through the whole in­ci­dent but an­other woke up when po­lice ar­rived.

The in­ci­dent is a re­minder to stay vig­i­lant and not be hes­i­tant about reporting sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour, Avon­dale Sergeant Craig Cartwright says.

‘‘Some people think there’s some­one up to some­thing so they call their hus­bands or the neigh­bour - call us.’’

A 16-year-old Western Springs youth is fac­ing two charges of bur­glary in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

Nasty shock: A Herne Bay man dis­cov­ered an in­truder in his home late at night.

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