Christchurch hit by string of smash and grabs, ram raids

Christchurch has been hit by a string of smash and grab and ram raid burglaries.

Hoopers Vapour in the suburb of Addington was broken into at 5:20am on Friday. Police said it's unclear how many offenders were involved.

About an hour earlier, the suburb of Hornby was hit for the second time this week - with a vehicle being used to force entry into The Hub shopping mall.

Investigations are ongoing to locate those responsible for both burglaries, police said.