A woman has been charged over the theft of dozens of pieces of mail from residents in Diamond Harbour on Canterbury's Banks Peninsula.
Police allege the 36-year-old woman stole over 70 pieces of mail over the past few months from mailboxes in the Diamond Harbour and surrounding areas.
"The arrest follows reports of stolen mail over several months, and the use of stolen credit cards to purchase groceries, cigarettes, alcohol and petrol," police say in a statement.
Over 70 pieces of the missing mail were found this morning when police carried out a search at a Diamond Harbour address.
The woman is scheduled to appear in Christchurch District Court on December 21 on charges relating to fraud, receiving stolen property, and drugs.
Police are in the process of trying to track down the rightful owners of the recovered mail.