The incident took place just before 2am this morning (June 14) when the police were alerted after the manager startled the intruder, who had cut himself and left a trail of blood as he left the scene.
A post on social media from Northumbria Police said: “It was reported that a man had broken in through security shutters, before taking off with specialist water sports clothing and a cash box.
"Officers were immediately deployed to the scene, and within minutes of the call coming in, started scouring the area. They swiftly found a 31-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of burglary and remains in police custody.
"Officers also located a quantity of suspected stolen items. This was a fantastic response with our officers acting quickly and decisively. Thanks to their excellent work, a suspect was soon identified and a number of goods believed to have been taken from the burglary were recovered.
"We are committed to tackling this type of offending and bringing those responsible to justice.”