Burglar strikes as resident lies in bed

Last updated 10:25 24/03/2014

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A Kaiapoi resident had only just climbed into bed when an alleged thief broke into their home.

The timing of the burglary was ''disturbing'' and could have gone horribly wrong had there been a confrontation at the house, police said.

However, the resident did the right thing by calling police and not approaching the alleged thief at the Allison Crescent home, about 10pm yesterday.

A 26-year-old man was arrested a short time later, nearby.

He has been charged with burglary and is scheduled to appear in the Christchurch District Court today.

''It's disturbing to think... he's broken into someone's house when the likelihood of someone being home is high,'' Sergeant Colin Stewart said.

''For someone to entertain the idea of breaking into someone's house [at night] is of concern because they are going to risk confrontation with the occupants.''

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