Two men were apprehended outside a Tauranga high school after allegedly stealing cigarettes, with its caretaker remarking that police were "keeping the streets clean".
Police said they received a report about 2pm of two men taking cigarettes and money from a commercial property on Cameron Road, with a screwdriver being used to threaten the attendant.
A short time later, police began pursuing a vehicle driven by the two men, a green Mazda MX-5, and the car appeared to have had its tires spiked when it came to a stop outside Tauranga Boys' College.
The college's caretaker, David, said he had watched the whole thing.
"I'm doing my best to keep the streets clean and the school of Tauranga Boys clean, and the police are doing a good job of keeping the streets clean from the criminals," he said.
"So we don't want no discharge without conviction or home detention, thank you.
"I was listening to my music and I thought I didn't remember playing this song and I took these off and I could hear all these sirens.
"The kids were told to stay in the class and a few of us came over and we saw the police apprehended the suspect and take away this box.
"Thank you police, you're doing a great job."