Burglary arrest in rental thefts inquiry

Police are investigating whether two women arrested in Sumner are linked to a spate of burglaries in which rental properties were stripped bare.

The women were remanded in custody when they appeared before Community Magistrate Leigh Langridge in the Christchurch District Court today.

At present they face one burglary charge each, but the police are investigating six earlier burglaries made through bookings at popular accommodation websites at the end of May.

Samadhi Kalita Lucas, 30, of Woolston, and Terangimarie A-Te-Arohuni Jury, 35, of Burnside, were remanded without plea to appear again by video-link from the Christchurch Women’s Prison on June 29.

At present they are charged with just one burglary, of a home in Head Street, Sumner, overnight on Tuesday.

Jury is also charged with assaulting a man to get away after the burglary.

Police said last week that burglars had used stolen credit cards to book accommodation at homes throughout Christchurch before stripping them bare. The bookings were made through popular accommodation websites.

They said offenders had taken everything from the homes, including lounge suites, bedding, and whiteware.

They urged people to be careful about checking the identity of renters.



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