Sharp-eyed members of the public have won police praise after a series of arrests relating to vehicle crimes in Wellington this morning.

Senior Sergeant Quentin Ward, of Wellington's district command centre, said public vigilance helped police make six arrests across the district this morning.

The first occurred at 7am, when police were told a woman was breaking into a car in Woodridge. The woman was arrested with the assistance of a dog handler and bailed to appear in Wellington District Court on Friday.

Forty minutes later police received reports of youths breaking into a vehicle in Wainuiomata. Residents helped police find two people and court appearances are pending.


In the suburb of Mount Cook, police on patrol when a member of the public reported a man breaking into a vehicle on Nairn Street.

A man was arrested and will appear in Wellington District Court on Friday.

A short time later, at 11.25am, officers in the area for the alleged Nairn Street incident responded to reports of a man and a woman breaking into a vehicle in Houghton Bay.

"Thanks to the information received, the officers were able to locate the vehicle leaving the scene."

Two people have been charged and will appear in Wellington District Court on Friday, Ward said.

The public played a vital role in all the arrests, he said.

"The successful apprehension of the offenders in each of these incidents was a direct result of public vigilance and people's willingness to contact police when witnessing a crime.

"We'd like to thank those members of the community for their assistance and continued efforts to help make our community a safer place."