Two arrested after thieves steal over $100,000 worth of property from a Christchurch house

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jan 13, 2023 |

Photo of inside the house after the criminals stole property

Two people have been arrested after thieves stole over $100,000 worth of property from a Christchurch house.

Yesterday at 3pm, Christchurch Police executed two warrants at addresses in Shirley and Northcote in relation to a burglary at a Richmond address.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tania Jellyman said the property was stolen last weekend from the victim’s address, and included sentimental jewellery, irreplaceable photographs, laptops, electronics, passports, and other personal documents.

The burglars also took a nursery full of items required for a new-born baby.

A significant amount of the property was recovered from two properties thanks to information and help from our community, plus some extensive Police work.

Jellyman said it was a timely reminder to make your homes as safe as possible to deter thieves. 

“In addition to the usual precautions of locking all doors and windows, keeping valuables out of sight and recording serial numbers, as these victims did, it’s good to note that trusted neighbours can help too.

Keep an eye out for each other and let them know when you are away.  Helping each other by simply clearing each other’s mailboxes can be a way to deter burglars.”

Jellyman said “we are thrilled to be able to return the property to the victims and we want to acknowledge information received from members of the public which has helped us resolve this burglary.

Their information played a significant role in the swift arrests which enabled the recovery of the property.”

A 24-year-old woman and 53-year-old man, both from Christchurch have been jointly charged with the burglary. 

They will be appearing before the Christchurch District Court today.

Call 111 in an emergency if something is happening right now, illegal or suspicious. 

If it’s already happened, you can provide information via the Police non-emergency number – call 105 or go online at

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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