Shoplifter hides meat in loo
A Palmerston North shoplifter on the run from authorities ran into a school toilet block to hide his meat pack.
On the afternoon of July 30, Deon Leslie Whakarau, 23, was at Pak'n Save supermarket.
He took a meat pack from a freezer and tried to hide it down his clothing.
As he left the store he was approached by security staff and took off down Linton St, a police summary says.
"[Whakarau] was chased and ran into Palmerston North Intermediate Normal School and hid in a toilet block," the summary says.
"While in there he tried to hide the meat pack he had stolen."
Whakarau ran off through the school and was caught on South St.
In the Palmerston North District Court today, he admitted a charge of shoplifting.
Defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said Whakarau was asked by his former partner to go to the supermarket.
She took two meat packs and has been sentenced to nine months' supervision, while he took one.
Whakarau, a beneficiary, lived with his mother but was expanding his farm work skills.
"He says he really does want to make a new beginning and he acknowledges he really has to pull his finger out."
Judge David Smith echoed that: "The fact that your girlfriend or partner suggests something as hair brained is no reason for you to do it."
Whakarau must do 120 hours of community work.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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