Man found dead on Mt Maunganui beach had run into sea while fleeing police

  • Updated
  • 15/04/2024

Police are investigating after a man was found dead on the beach at Mount Maunganui after fleeing from officers who were responding to a burglary. 

Police were called to a burglary at a building site on Surf Road at 3.40am on Monday. As they arrived, three suspects fled on foot. While two were located and arrested, a third offender ran into the sea where police lost sight of him. 

"A shoreline search was conducted and at about 5am the man was found on the shoreline," police said. 

He was unable to be revived. No further information was available.