The arrest comes after emergency services were seen swarming outside the Silverdale Mall earlier this morning.
A Michael Hill spokesperson told Newshub a person entered Michael Hill’s Silverdale store in an attempted robbery but was unable to penetrate the armoured glass displays.
“Fog cannons were also activated. The assailant fled the scene and has since been apprehended by police,” the spokesperson said.
New Zealand Herald reports shoppers at the busy mall were evacuated when fog cannons were activated.
People on social media have also posted about the smash-and-grab, with some urging people to stay away from the mall.
“We were inside when it happened and we were evacuated. Not quite sure if they got anything in the end,” one person wrote.
One man who witnessed the police chase going down John Fair Drive contacted Newshub and described it as the “slowest police chase I have ever seen in my life.”
A video posted to TikTok shows a police chase in Milldale soon after the mall incident.