Boys arrested over car thefts

STACEY KNOTT
Last updated 10:53 23/06/2014

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Three youths have been arrested for a spate of car break-ins and a vehicle theft in Nelson.

The spree last Monday night has seen police urging car owners not to leave valuables in their vehicles.

There were 12 reported break-ins overnight on June 16 around Locking, Konini and Kawai streets.

Three boys had been arrested in relation to the break-ins.

Two 15-year-olds were charged with interfering with cars and theft from cars and a 14-year-old was charged with unlawfully getting into a vehicle.

They were located leaving the scene of the crashed stolen vehicle.

"It crashed along the Railway Reserve in Richmond.

Sergeant Dave Prentice said iPods and cash had been taken from the cars, and many had their rear passenger windows broken.

Prentice said police would be in touch with those who had made complaints about the vehicle break-ins.

He said most small items were recovered, "but certainly not everything".

Prentice did not believe the area was traditionally a problem area for car-break ins, but urged people to be careful when they left their cars.

"Don't leave valuable items in your car. The cleaner your car is inside, that people can look in and see there's nothing in there, the less likely someone is going to smash into it."

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