Two Christchurch retailers will be charged after they allegedly sold cans of spray paint to a teenager.
A 16-year-old volunteer, in a joint police and council operation last week, visited 15 retailers across the city and tried to buy cans of spray paint.
"Unfortunately two stores did sell spray cans to the volunteer. Those making the sales will be charged and put before the court," Senior Sergeant Glenn Nalder said.
The stores, one in New Brighton and one in Sydenham, would be charged with selling spray cans to under 18s and liable for a fine of up to $1500.
Paint spray cans may be sold only to people 18 or over.