Alleged shoplifter caught

Last updated 11:29 23/01/2013
Good result: Kaikoura police have members of the public to thank for the arrest of a woman charged over a shoplifting spree on Sunday.

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Members of the public helped police catch a woman who has been charged with stealing from Kaikoura clothing shops on Sunday.

Constable Mark Addison said members of the public pointed him in the right direction when he was looking for the woman.

A 28-year-old Christchurch woman appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday morning facing five counts of theft and one charge of dangerous driving after she failed to stop when asked to do so. She was remanded in custody until her next court appearance which will be in the Christchurch District Court.

One other arrest is likely, of a second woman involved, Mr Addison said. Police were aware of her identity and would catch up with her.

A Christchurch man is due to appear in the Kaikoura District Court on March 8 charged with using threatening language after a threat to a neighbour involving firearms was reported on Friday night.

Constable Wendy Bennett said the complainant and the police had taken the threat seriously, although no firearms were found at the scene.

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