Canterbury police arrest young burglars after ram-raid spree

Canterbury Police arrest young burglars after ram-raid spree
Two fuel stations and a bottle store were smashed into by a vehicle last weekend (file)

Canterbury police have arrested several young burglars after a series of ram-raid robberies.

The first burglary happened on Friday when the front of the Kaiapoi Challenge petrol station was smashed in by a vehicle.

Then early on Saturday morning the Z Energy petrol station on Harewood Rd in Christchurch was burgled, again in a ram-raid style, by a group of people driving a Mazda Familia stationwagon, police say.

Later on Saturday morning the Ferrymead Bottle Store was burgled - again with a Mazda Familia vehicle used to break through the shop's front doors.

Police launched an investigation using a number of detectives and police dogs.

The Mazda was found and police tried to stop the car, but abandoned pursuit when the fleeing car drove too dangerously.

Police say they have now found some of the offenders involved in all three burglaries, and recovered most of the property that was stolen.

Four teens aged between 14 and 16 will face the Youth Court.

The ram-raids come the same night an art gallery in Auckland was broken into by art thieves, smashing their way in with a car.