Thief's escape foiled by car troubles

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 12:11 03/12/2013

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A burglar's mini crime spree in Akaroa was thwarted after his getaway car broke down at the scene.

Police arrested the 20-year-old about four hours later, after finding him eating seafood chowder at a nearby pub. Officers allowed the man to finish his meal before taking him into custody. 

Senior Constable Lyall Prior praised an observant resident for helping lead police to the arrest.

The resident had noticed a ''rough'' car parked at a property sometime after 1pm on Friday. Thinking it looked out of place the resident phoned 111. 

Police found the car had been abandoned and stolen property inside, Prior said. 

Officers were then able to track the car's owner to an outdoor dining area of a Beach Rd premises, he said.

Police allege he broke into two houses and two cars in the harbourside village.  

The man appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of theft from a vehicle, one count of possessing a knife and one count of driving while suspended. 

He was remanded in custody to December 20.

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