Police have issued a warning to ensure parked cars are locked after a group of drunken youths broke into at least eight vehicles and stole items.
Whangarei police Sergeant Storm Sandilands said cars in a Tikipunga street were targeted last Friday and Saturday nights. Vehicles in Onerahi were also broken into.
Some of the cars were not locked.
Police discovered the teens involved in the Tikipunga thefts had been at a house drinking before walking the streets.
On Monday the police Youth Crime team arrested three males. Two aged 15 and another 13-year-old have been charged with burglary.
Ms Sandilands said the teenagers had been wandering the streets trying car doors to see if they were open. "Some of these thefts are opportunistic and can be prevented by making sure parked cars are always locked," she said.
Neighbours should report any suspicious behaviour as well.
Police also arrested and charged a 26-year-old Whangarei man with receiving in relation to the thefts from cars. He was to appear in the Whangarei District Court yesterday. Police said they had recovered a significant amount of property including electrical items.
Ms Sandilands said parents needed to question their children if they turned up at home with items that did not belong to them or they had bought for very little cash.