Man admits car yard robbery
A Sanson man has admitted his involvement in the armed robbery of a Palmerston North car yard.
He drove off in a modified car, which at first he couldn't start.
In Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Dylon Robert Sergent, 25, pleaded guilty to an aggravated robbery charge and was bailed until sentencing in November.
A police summary says Sergent visited Rose City Cars on the corner of Grey and Ngata streets on August 6, and inquired about a modified Subaru car worth $36,995.
He asked car salesman Bruce Herbert for a test drive but was refused, firstly because the car had no warrant of fitness and, when that was sorted, because Mr Herbert wanted to see some money first.
According to the summary, Sergent's accomplice threatened Mr Herbert with a bolt action .308 rifle after Mr Herbert had returned to his office.
He handed over the keys and Sergent tried to drive off in the Subaru. He couldn't start the car so Mr Herbert gave him instructions.
Two days later police searched Sergent's property on an unrelated matter and found the modified car and a loaded rifle.
Defence lawyer Steve Winter said Sergent accepted he would be going to prison, but successfully sought bail until sentencing.
''Bail is to enable his family to come to terms with what's happened and prepare for the inevitable.''
Mr Winter said Sergent was prepared to have a restorative justice meeting if required.
The man accused of accompanying him on the heist is Palmerston North furniture remover Ableshy Te Hau Kaiora Peti Gore Walker, 22.
He appeared briefly and was remanded in custody until his next appearance in October, where a charge of aggravated robbery will likely be committed for trial.
Walker also faces a series of driving charges, while Sergent has admitted involvement in the June 23 burglary of a Rongotea farm.