Five teenage boys have been arrested following an overnight crime spree in Christchurch.
The five 14-year-olds broke into two cars in Burwood overnight, disturbing residents and sparking a police hunt through school grounds and walkways.
Police were first called to a Chartwell St address about 11.40pm yesterday after residents saw three offenders trying to break into their vehicle.
One person disturbed the group and chased them as they fled along Chartwell St.
Police patrols and dog units tracked the trio through Windsor School and the Clearvale Loop Walkway reserve.
The three boys were found hiding in bushes at St Pauls Pl and arrested without further incident.
Detective Senior Sergeant Corrie Parnell said a number of items - possibly stolen during other offending - were recovered, as well as equipment probably used during the break-ins.
In the second incident, a Burwood Rd resident caught a boy entering an unlocked ute parked in their driveway about 1.30am today.
The resident followed the offender before police arrived a short time later, taking two youths into custody.
Nothing had been taken from the ute.
Parnell said all five boys would be referred to police youth aid.
It was possible the two groups were known to each other and could have been involved in other offending, he said.
"It is disturbing to see this type of activity being carried out by such young offenders - but unfortunately it is not unusual."
Police were pleased to secure quick arrests and Parnell said having residents contact police immediately "made the difference".
"We were able to get patrols and dog handlers into the area with positive results."
Parnell urged people to report any incidents or suspicious activity immediately by calling 111.
He also reminded residents to ensure their vehicles were secure at all times, even if it was parked at home.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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