Praise for students’ quick response

A group of students have been  praised by police after they apprehended a man who allegedly broke into their Dunedin flat.

Senior Sergeant Ben Butterfield said an 18-year-old man entered the Union St student flat on Tuesday about 11.30am.

He climbed up the balcony and allegedly rummaged through some property inside, before occupants of the flat discovered him and held him down until police arrived, he said.

"I think the students did exactly what they were supposed to do. Although I would never recommend necessarily holding on to somebody, calling the police straight away meant we could apprehend him."

Snr Sgt Butterfield said the man was not a student and Dunedin police were now investigating whether he was responsible for any other burglaries in the area.

"We’re not ruling that out."

The man was charged with burglary and will appear in the Dunedin District Court today.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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