Stolen: Pizza, wine, cream eggs

Two men admitted breaking into Redwoodtown Z Energy petrol station last month when they appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Tukia Fotu, 24, and Hori Maaka, 37, went to the service station in Scott St, on February 17, where one of them smashed a window with a hammer.

The pair went inside the shop and attempted to break into a cigarette stand, which had a guard in front of it.

While trying to break the guard, Maaka grazed his knuckles, leaving blood at the scene.

When they were unsuccessful in getting into the cigarette stand, the pair left the store empty-handed.

Their actions were caught on security cameras and the pair were located by police in the days following the break-in.

They both admitted a charge of burglary and were remanded until April 14 for sentencing.

Fotu, a vineyard worker of Redwoodtown, also appeared on a second charge of burglary yesterday, and one of wilful trespass.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said Fotu went to Countdown Redwoodtown on February 18 about 11.30pm and smashed a window. Once inside the supermarket, Fotu took three bottles of wine, 48 Cadbury cream eggs and two pizzas.

Countdown was seeking $492.10 in reparations for the window and the stolen items.

Two days later, Fotu returned to the supermarket, where he brought a box of beer, breaching a trespass order.

Fotu told police he knew he was trespassed but owed his friend some alcohol and it was the closest supermarket to his house.

He would be sentenced on the two charges on April 14.

"Prison will be foremost in the sentencing judge's mind," Judge Tony Zohrab said.


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