Police make third arrest over powerline tampering in Christchurch

  • 01/03/2024
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A third person has been arrested over powerline tampering, copper and electrical thefts in Christchurch.

It comes after police arrested two others caught on February 16.

Three men between the ages of 40 and 48 are due to reappear in the Christchurch District Court on March 8 and 21 on charges related to the incidents.

But the crime continues in the city.

"The three arrested were not the only people involved in this activity and we would caution scrap metal dealers that this is occurring and to be wary of frequent customers," Snr Srg Roy Appley said.

"Police continue to investigate Christchurch powerline tampering, electrical supply and copper thefts, including incidents over the last four weeks, one incident occurring just last night on Raymond Road.

"Recent incidents have occurred in the Marshlands, Dallington and Bromley areas, including Lower Styx Road, Banks Avenue, and Gayhurst Avenue, typically between 3am to 5:45am."

Police are warning against the "extremely dangerous" crime.

"If someone were to touch these downed lines, they could be badly injured or killed," Snr Srg Roy Appley said.

Anyone who sees damaged power equipment is asked to contact Orion on 0800 363 9898, or police immediately on 111 if you see anyone acting suspiciously around power poles and lines.