Serial shoplifter steals sportswear

Last updated 12:16 20/12/2012

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When he was out Christmas shopping, an unemployed Palmerston North man saw a couple of suitable gifts on the Rebel Sport rack.

Wayne Oc Carmichael, 32, selected a rugby league jersey and a NBA basketball singlet, worth a combined $304.98, and walked out of the shop.

But he didn't pay for the clothes and was later caught by police, saying he took the items for Christmas presents.

They weren't all he has stolen this year, as the Palmerston North District Court heard today.

On June 25 Carmichael he took a swanndri worth $180 from Placemakers, and on October 22 he stole a cycling jacket also worth $180 from Crank It Cycles.

"[He] drove off refusing to acknowledge the store owner who had run out to the car and was bashing on the driver's side window," police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Toon said.

"He stated that he shoplifts because he does not get the benefit."

And on October 29 Carmichael stole a car battery from BP on Main St and on November 1 he was caught driving while disqualified.

He admitted to that and the four theft charges, while he is yet to enter a plea on a further count of theft where he is accused of stealing a turntable from JB Hi-Fi.

Defence lawyer Jock Turnbull described Carmichael as "walking wounded" because of the effects of methamphetamine use.

"He's out there living hand to mouth."

Carmichael told the court he was now on a benefit and Judge Grant Fraser said that saved him from spending Christmas behind bars.

He was instead remanded on bail until sentencing next month.

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- Manawatu Standard

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