Three people are due to appear in court in Christchurch on Thursday, after being arrested in connection with a ring targetting cars in the city.
A man and woman, both from Ashburton, and a man from Christchurch, were arrested early on Thursday.
Police said officers were called to a house in Papanui shortly after 2am after a resident reported the theft of a Land Cruiser.
The vehicle was found a few minutes later and the driver was arrested. Two others were located in as car in Rolleston a short time later.