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Shoppers and staff held down at least one shoplifter after a male teenager pulled a knife on a worker at Dunedin's Centre City New World yesterday, police say.
Police were called to the supermarket at 4.45pm after reports a shoplifter threatened a worker with a knife.
A police spokeswoman said there were reports two people were involved and people held them down until police arrived.
Two people were taken to the Dunedin Central Police Station for statements.
A 16-year-old male was charged with shoplifting and possessing an offensive weapon. He was bailed to appear at the Dunedin Youth Court next week.
Foodstuffs NZ head of external relations Antoinette Laird confirmed an ``incident'' occurred.
Fortunately, no-one was injured, she said.