A group of youths were scoping out vehicles parked in the Ahuriri area when they were interrupted.
A member of the public called Police at around 11pm on Thursday after seeing the group on Lambton Road.
Staff were patrolling in the area at the time and were quick to the scene.
Five youths were tracked and located by a Police dog team.
An 18-year-old male is due to appear in the Napier District Court in relation to unlawful interference with a motor vehicle.
The remaining youth aged between 13-years-old and 17-years-old have been referred to Youth Aid.
‘I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of Police staff in locating the offenders, and also the public who called Police,’ said Hawkes Bay Area Prevention Manager Inspector Martin James.
‘In this instance, real time reporting meant staff were able to respond immediately and make quick arrests.
‘This shows what can be accomplished when we work together to prevent crime in our community.
‘I would also like to use this opportunity to remind the public to ensure your vehicles are secure.
‘We urge people to take preventative measures in order to stop their vehicle being stolen, such as locking and parking vehicles off the road, using steering locks and engine immobilisers.
‘In addition, please ensure valuables and credit cards are removed from vehicles at night, particularly if cars are parked in the open.
‘The best option still remains having your vehicle in a garage if possible.
‘Police will continue to actively patrol the Ahuriri area, in particular both Lambton and Burns roads.
‘Anyone that sees suspicious activity around vehicles can call Police on 111 if it’s happening or 105 after the fact, or call anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.’