Brazen burglaries on the rise
Police have locked up an alleged night prowler as they warn burglars are breaking into residential homes while their owners are asleep inside.
Detective Senior Sergeant Corrie Parnell said cash, jewellery and electronic equipment were targeted during a spike in intruder break-ins in recent weeks.
The burglars had also taken keys from inside people's homes and stolen cars, Parnell said.
Richmond, Phillipstown and Fendalton were among areas targeted.
In the most recent incident, police were called to Ensors Rd after a resident was woken by a burglar inside their home about 5am yesterday.
A police dog team responded and found the man, aged in his mid 20s, breaking into another house on the same road.
He was due to appear in Christchurch District Court yesterday charged with burglary.
On Thursday, police raided a Bishopdale home and recovered stolen cash, jewellery, televisions and other electrical equipment.
A group of people, including a 13-year-old, were arrested.
Tamaroa Jones, 21, yesterday appeared in the Christchurch District Court charged with seven burglaries in connection with the raid.