Teenagers charged over tobacco heist
Two Blenheim teenagers have been charged with burglary after they tried to sell $3000 worth of stolen tobacco and alcohol on Facebook.
Constable Andrew Holdaway, of Blenheim, said two boys, aged 15 and 16, had been referred to police youth aid after a well-timed heist at the loading zone at Countdown Blenheim.
About $2800 worth of tobacco and cigarettes was stolen, as well an estimated 10 bottles of wine about 6am on Sunday, Mr Holdaway said.
A Countdown Blenheim spokeswoman said the burglary occurred while the goods were being unloaded from a delivery truck.
The offenders had managed to get inside the gate before it closed while the delivery was being processed, the spokeswoman said.
They grabbed cartons of cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol and shot back out the gate, she said.
Police tracked down the teenagers after they tried to sell the goods on the Marlborough Online Garage Sale Facebook page, Mr Holdaway said.
The incident had been recorded by security camera.
The teenagers were arrested at 3.30pm on Sunday. A third boy had been identified, but police had not talked to him yet, Mr Holdaway said.
- The Marlborough Express