Trio arrested on car theft charges

22:18, Jan 23 2013

Three people have been arrested on motor vehicle theft charges in Christchurch.

A 24-year old male and a 19-year old female, both from Ashburton, and a 19-year old Christchurch man were arrested early this morning.

Police were called to a Papanui address around 2.10am after a resident reported the theft of a Land Cruiser.

Police units located the vehicle in Innes Rd a few minutes later, and arrested the driver.

A second vehicle which had been spotted with the stolen Land Cruiser was located in Rolleston a short time later, and the two occupants arrested.

Senior Sergeant Mike Jones said it was suspected the two alleged offenders from Ashburton were deliberately targeting vehicles in Christchurch.

The trio will appear in the Christchurch District Court this morning.

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