A 21-year-old will appear in court this morning charged with
the burglaries and an arson of properties in the Christchurch
residential red zone.
The local man was arrested late on Wednesday and will appear
in the Christchurch District Court today charged with 11
He's also been charged in connection to an alleged arson at
Azure Place, in Burwood, on August 3.
All of the alleged burglaries occurred in the eastern
suburbs, police say.
The residential red zone has been hit by a spate of
suspicious fires in recent weeks.
Detective Inspector Greg Murton says enquiries by
Christchurch CIB supported by forensic experts into these and
other residential red zone arsons and burglaries are
continuing and additional charges against other identified
offenders are likely.
"These charges are the result of excellent forensic work at
the scene of these arsons and burglaries followed up with a
focused team of detectives investigating these offences," he
"This will continue for all arsons and burglaries in
residential red zone."
Police have increased patrols in the hard-hit areas and have
asked that any suspicious activity is reported to them