A 27-year-old man has been jailed for 18 months for his part in breaking into four holiday baches in Marlborough and stealing $50,000 worth of property.
James Bisset slept in the homes, cooked the householders' food and stole items that he then sold off to second-hand dealers.
The Christchurch drain lining apprentice pleaded guilty in Blenheim District Court yesterday to four counts of burglary, one count of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and one count of shoplifting fish bait from a service station.
Judge Bruce Davidson said Bisset and two associates had gone on a crime spree between March and April this year.
They had broken into four baches, slept and used the householders' food and stole contents. Police had managed to recover most of the stolen goods.
They were planned and premeditated burglaries the judge said. However, he took into account Bisset's guilty plea.
Bisset had a moderate list of previous convictions over a five-year period, the judge said, sentencing him to 18 months' imprisonment on the four counts of burglary. A sentence of nine months and one month on the charges of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and theft would run concurrently.
If Bisset found suitable accommodation he would be able to transfer the sentence to home detention, the judge said.
- The Marlborough Express
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