WATCH: Young men praised for bravery in citizen's arrest

LATEST: TWO young men have been hailed for their bravery in detaining a man accused of breaking into a Peregian Beach supermarket.

Friendly Grocer owner Amit Shastri was very grateful for Sunday night's citizen's arrest outside his shop.

CCTV footage from a system he installed only a fortnight ago showed a man wearing a white mask and hooded jumper break-in through a window.

CCTV shows a man breaking into the Friendly Grocer supermarket at Peregian Beach.
CCTV shows a man breaking into the Friendly Grocer supermarket at Peregian Beach.

It then showed the man taking grocery items and even checking out the range of sunglasses.

He searched behind the counter before climbing onto the top of a drinks fridge near the open window.

Footage showed the fridge crash to the ground as the man pushed through the gap.

A witness, who did not want to be identified, heard a noise and came to have a look.

Two young men hold down a man who was subsequently charged with breaking into the Peregian Beach Friendly Grocer supermarket.
Two young men hold down a man who was subsequently charged with breaking into the Peregian Beach Friendly Grocer supermarket. Contributed

The witness said he saw two young men holding down a man on the footpath beside Heron St.

He called 000 about 11.50pm while the men held him until police arrived.

"It's heroic what they did," the man said.

Mr Shastri said he only became aware of the incident about 1.45am Monday after police set off an internal alarm that had failed to work during the break-in.

Peregian Beach Friendly Grocer supermarket owner Amit Shastri
Peregian Beach Friendly Grocer supermarket owner Amit Shastri Warren Lynam

He said the lengths the young men went to showed why he loved being a part of the Sunshine Coast community.

"I really want to say a big thanks to the two civilians who put their lives at risk," Mr Shastri said.

A 26-year-old Peregian man has been charged and is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Tuesday.


EARLIER: A 26-year-old man is in custody after a citizen's arrest at Peregian Beach on Sunday night.

Sunshine Coast district Criminal Investigation Branch officer Chris Eaton said members of the public tackled a man who allegedly broke into the Peregian Beach Friendly Grocer supermarket about 11.50pm Sunday.

A supermarket staff member said a window had been smashed and someone entered the store.

A drinks fridge inside had been tipped over and its contents broken.

The damaged fridge was empty this morning and the smashed window boarded up.

Detective Acting Sergeant Eaton said a witness had tackled a man at the scene and held him there until police arrived.

Officers allege the man was wearing a white hockey mask.

A 26-year-old Peregian man has been charged over the incident.

He was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon for allegedly having a replica pistol.

The man is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court Tuesday.

The store is open and trading this morning (Monday).



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