Arrests over string of Invercargill robberies

Invercargill police have made a number of arrests after investigating a spate of aggravated robberies and burglaries in the city.

Prevention area manager Senior Sergeant Andrew Karsten said they had been conducting "extensive inquiries" over the last three weeks.

A number of search warrants were carried out as part of these inquiries and several people had been arrested and charged for a variety of offending, including aggravated robbery, burglary, unlawfully taking motor vehicles, and theft from cars.

Those arrested included the offenders allegedly involved in the robberies of the Tay St and Elles Rd Night and Day stores.

Police wanted to thank members of the community who provided information and helped with their inquiries.

"We know that this type of crime is very unsettling for the community, and we hope the arrests of those responsible provide some reassurance to not only the victims, but the wider community as well.

"We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people to always lock their cars, and ensure all valuables are either removed from the car or stored out of sight. 

"Theft from cars is often an opportunistic crime and you can minimise offenders’ opportunities by taking these simple precautions."

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