Ring, rods, champagne wait in store

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 11:00 16/06/2014
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UP FOR GRABS: Sergeant Kris Payne, of Picton, is asking people to come forward to claim their stolen property.

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More than $50,000 worth of stolen property is waiting to be claimed at Picton police station.

Fishing rods, an outboard motor, bottles of Bollinger champagne and a diamond ring were among items found after a series of bach burglaries in the Marlborough Sounds and a spate of boat burglaries at Waikawa Bay marina.

Three men were arrested and charged with breaking into four houses and stealing $50,000 worth of property in the Marlborough Sounds in April.

James Bisset was sentenced to 18 months' jail when he appeared in Blenheim District Court last week. Two other men are to appear in court at a later date.

Sergeant Kris Payne, of Picton, said a lot of the stolen property was found in a van at Bisset's home in Tauranga.

A diamond ring worth almost $8000 stolen from a Tory Channel bach was found at a second-hand dealership in Christchurch. It had been sold to a pawn shop for about $50, Payne said.

The ring belonged to a woman who left the bach to pick up her grandchildren from Wellington. She was delighted when police called to tell her the ring had been found, Payne said.

"It doesn't happen too often," he said. "A lot of victims don't have insurance or don't claim because of the excess. It's a real bonus for them to get it back."

Gear stolen from boats in Picton was found in a stolen trailer at a boat yard in Lyttelton, Christchurch.

Sean Patrick Clark, 42, remains in custody in Christchurch on six boat burglary charges, unlawful possession of a firearm, and theft of a trailer, scooter, and number plate. Defence lawyer David Goldwater said in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday police had told him to expect a "raft" of further charges would be laid against Clark. The police prosecutor in court, Bronwen Blackmore, confirmed that. He is to reappear in Christchurch District Court on July 3.

Police are asking anyone who believed an item belonged to them to contact Picton police on 03 520 3120.

All items that were not claimed would be auctioned, given to charity, or destroyed.

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- The Marlborough Express

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