Police stop teenager driving stolen car
Police have arrested a teenager they believe is responsible for a spate of burglaries and break-ins in Marlborough.
Acting Senior Sergeant Barrie Greenall said a 16-year-old boy was driving on Alabama Rd in Blenheim when he was stopped by police in a routine check at 1.15am on Wednesday.
Police found the boy was driving a vehicle that had been stolen from Renwick.
Officers searched the area in Renwick where the car had been taken from and came across two other cars which had been stolen and dumped.
Three more cars were found to have been broken into or interfered with.
Police also came across personal items abandoned on the footpath which led them to a house in Willis Place, Renwick.
After knocking on the door and waking the resident, they discovered the house had been entered and burgled while the resident was at home sleeping.
The 16-year-old boy was charged with three counts of unlawfully taking a vehicle, three counts of unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle, and one count of burglary.
He appeared in the Blenheim Youth Court on Wednesday and was remanded in Child, Youth and Family custody. No application for bail had been made, Mr Greenall said.
Police were continuing to investigate and more charges were expected to be laid.
The arrest came after a spike in burglaries. More than 70 crimes had been reported to police since July 1. Mr Greenall would not comment on whether the arrest was connected to other burglaries in the region as police were still investigating.
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