Shoppers at Asda’s busy Huddersfield store were evacuated following a police stand-off with a man on the roof.
The drama unfolded at lunchtime when the store on Bradford Road was cleared.
Staff and onlookers said the man was being questioned in the store’s security room by police on suspicion of shoplifting, before he attempted to scale the roof near the main entrance.
Wires from the ceiling near the store’s entrance were pulled out and left hanging following the stand off.
One police officer told the Examiner at the scene: “We’re currently trying to deal with a vulnerable gentleman and assist him with leaving on his own free will.
“We’re trying to deal with the situation as amicably as possible.”
The man was brought down before being arrested. Medical staff also attended the incident.Shoppers were left standing outside before being allowed back in the store 20 minutes later.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “We were called to a commercial premises at 12.25pm to reports of a theft from a shop.
“One person was subsequently arrested on suspicion of theft.”