Man admits role in burglary
It hasn't been a good year for a Palmerston North petrol station forced to shut its doors.
The Caltex on the corner of Main and Ruahine streets closed on June 30 having lost customers because of the Manawatu Gorge closure.
In January, the station was robbed at knifepoint by Henry Tukino Maru, who stole cigarettes and about $300 cash.
Then on June 24, it was broken into in the middle of the night.
In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, one of the three men accused of being involved admitted a burglary charge.
Kele Kose, 23, of Palmerston North, was in a Mercedes that pulled up near the Caltex about 3.30am, a police summary says.
One of the men smashed the station's window with a rock and Kose and he entered the shop area.
The other man took several packets of cigars and the till drawer, while Kose took a phone and some chocolates.
A third man remained in the car.
The till drawer was thrown out of the car as it drove away in Te Awe Awe St.
Police stopped the car on Cardiff St and found Kose's loot in a bag next to him on the car seat.
Defence lawyer Jacinda Younger said the two others came to Kose's house, woke him up and asked him to help them.
“It's not until he's in the car that it became evident they are going to do a burglary,”she said.
“Stupidly”, Kose went along with them, Ms Younger said.
Judge Barbara Morris remanded him on bail until sentencing next month. She ordered Kose to attend a restorative justice conference with the Caltex owner.
The other two men will appear in court later this month.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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