Burglar shops at hostel

04:00, Jun 08 2012

A 34-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for burglary after about $200 of food was stolen from the kitchen of a Blenheim backpackers, police say.

The man, from the North Island, was working in Blenheim as a vineyard worker and had stayed at the backpackers on a previous occasion before moving on to another hostel.

Diana Lawrence, owner of the backpackers, had a copy of the man's driver's licence, and said she was "99 per cent sure" he was responsible for the theft.

Constable Michelle Stagg, of Blenheim, said he was caught on CCTV and police found him staying at another backpackers in Blenheim.

Mrs Lawrence said this was the first time someone who was not staying at the hostel had stolen food in the 20 years she had owned the backpackers.

"It was very annoying. It was like he was just doing his shopping here," she said.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for offering to supply cannabis and unlawful possession of a firearm after police searched Kaikoura property on May 17, Ms Stagg said. He was bailed to appear in Blenheim District Court on Monday.

A 44-year-old vineyard worker was arrested for shoplifting on Wednesday after he was found with a stolen wallet from The Warehouse, Miss Stagg said.

The man was arrested at 10.10am and was released on bail. He will appear in Blenheim District court on Monday.


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