Man charged with red zone burglaries
A Christchurch man who allegedly stripped hot-water cylinders from red-zoned homes faces 10 burglary charges.
The 43-year-old man will appear in the Christchurch District Court on February 19.
The burglaries allegedly occurred from January 7 to 14 at red-zoned Avondale and Burwood properties.
The man was arrested on January 14 after a resident noticed his activities and alerted police.
Sergeant Dave Knowles said all of the houses had been abandoned and were owned by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.
He said the alleged offender had gone to ''considerable lengths'' to steal the cylinders and other items for scrap metal, wearing a high-visibility vest with the name of a contracting firm on it and hanging black material over a window to block the view from the street.
Anyone who saw suspicious activity or vehicles in their neighbourhood should contact the police, he said.