Hutt Valley Police have arrested an alleged green-thumbed burglar believed to be responsible for a spate of garden variety thefts.
Weed eaters, lawnmowers and wheel barrows were among the garden shed appliances Hutt Valley residents have been missing following a spate of burglaries around the Lower Hutt suburb of Epuni.
A 51-year-old man is facing charges in the Hutt Valley District Court today.
Police had grown concerned after the gardening equipment and tools were reported stolen.
Bikes, fishing rods and sports equipment were also taken from residents' garages.
Police examinations at each property established a clear pattern where the burglar gained entry through windows and slid the glass from the frame. In other cases burglars had gained entry by force or when a shed or garage was left unlocked.
"Burglaries can have an unsettling effect for people and we hope this arrest will bring some reassurance to the local community," Lower Hutt Senior Sergeant Steve Harwood said.
Police had executed search warrants and were able to recover several items, which they would be able to return to their owners, he said.
Police encouraged people to lock their garages and garden sheds and ensure windows were secure, and record serial numbers of valuable items.
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