$1000 Christmas stealing spree alleged

Last updated 13:23 16/01/2013

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A alleged pre-Christmas shoplifting spree by three women saw $1000 worth of goods stolen from seven shops in Porirua.

On December 23 the unemployed Napier women - Jhermaine Cripps, 25, Jamie-Lee Tamati, 27, and Dawina Ropotini, 26 - allegedly stole cosmetics, games, shoes, clothing and electrical goods.

The alleged victims were Whitcoulls ($129.98 in games), Farmers ($57.58 in cosmetics), Dick Smith ($199.89 in electrical items), Postie Plus ($44.98 in clothing), Rebel Sports ($169.90 in shoes), Noel Leeming ($59.95 in electrical accessories) and The Warehouse ($378.69 in various items).

All three women appeared in Napier District Court this morning.

Cripps did not enter a plea but was remanded in custody until Monday, when a bail application would be made. Cripps had been denied bail last week as she had allegedly been caught shoplifting in Blenheim while on bail for the Porirua offending.

Ropotini, also in custody, pleaded guilty to all charges and several others including possession of drug utensils. She will be sentenced on Monday.

Tamati, who is on bail, was remanded without plea to reappear later this month.

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- The Dominion Post

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