Teen's shoplifting done 'in spirit of the moment'

Last updated 12:00 10/10/2012

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A Palmerston North teenager caught stealing gaming equipment from JB Hi-Fi three times, told police his offending was done in the “spirit of the moment”.

On August 1, about 12.30pm, Hemi Eugene Raytcheff, 17, was in the store with two friends.

The trio took two sets of gaming headphones and a PlayStation 3 wireless controller. The items were worth $384.

Two hours later the shoplifters were back and took two gaming head sets worth $284.

As they were leaving the store Raytcheff and one of his friends distracted the security man on the door while their mate left with the goods.

However, their game was up the next day when Raytcheff and one friend returned the same store and tried to take a $196.98 “gaming mouse”.

As they tried to leave they were detained by store security.

Raytcheff wasn't supposed to be in The Plaza, after being trespassed in April.

“Raytcheff . . . stated he forgot that he was trespassed and that the shoplifting was a spirit of the moment thing,” police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Toon told Palmerston North District Court yesterday.

Raytcheff and a friend were also caught stealing $17 of goods from Uncle Bills and $41 of candles from Countdown on September 6.

On that day Raytcheff was also found in possession of a cannabis pipe.

He was convicted and remanded on bail until next month for sentence on five charges of theft and one each of trespassing and possessing cannabis paraphernalia.

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- Manawatu Standard

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