Burglars returned twice to loot house

Last updated 10:04 10/06/2014

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A tattooist from Tuamarina who broke into a house and stole more than $10,000 worth of electrical equipment will be sentenced next month.

Moncello Shirley, 24, pleaded guilty at the Blenheim District Court to two counts of burglary and one count of theft.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Munro told the court that early on May 31, Shirley and two other men entered a house in Batty's Rd in Blenheim. The trio stole DVDs, a 55-inch television and a large quantity of other electrical items that amounted to $10,000 in value.

Ten bottles of alcohol worth about $500 were also taken.

The burglars off-loaded the stolen goods at an address and returned to the house twice to grab more goods.

A search warrant of a house uncovered a large quantity of the stolen items. A follow-up search of Shirley's property revealed the stolen TV and alcohol.

Initially, Shirley denied the offences but had since co-operated with the police, Munro said.

Shirley was remanded in custody for sentencing on July 7.

Judge Bruce Davidson ordered a victim impact statement and a pre-sentence report on the suitability of home or community detention.

Co-accused Logan Casey-Scannell, 21, from Redwoodtown, who faces three charges of burglary, was released on bail with conditions of a curfew of 7pm-7am, not to go near Batty's Rd and not to associate with his co-accused. He will appear in court again on June 23.

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