The complete package for a bad heist

ROB KIDD
Last updated 17:25 22/06/2014
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SHOCK-JOCKS: Kitted out in black budgie smugglers and white gumboots with a towel wrapped around his head, the scantily-clad man could be seen smashing his way through door with an axe.

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A burglar - dubbed "Undie Man" - is being ridiculed online after a semi-naked, late-night raid on a Northland trade store.

Staff at Placemakers in Kaitaia were shocked to hear there had been a break-in at their premises on the main street of the Far North town on Tuesday night.

But when they reviewed CCTV footage they were just plain confused.

Kitted out in black budgie smugglers and white gumboots with a towel wrapped around his head, the scantily-clad man could be seen smashing his way through the glass-panelled front door using an axe.

Neville Brown, who works in the store, shared a photo of the scene on Facebook yesterday, describing the burglar as "a drongo dressed for some sort of occasion but certainly not for breaking and entering".

Once inside, the man "blundered about the shop" where he was joined by another burglar.

The pair grabbed armfuls of power tools and stashed them outside, said Brown.

But the legend of "Undie Man" was short lived after he committed the cardinal sin of returning to the scene of the crime soon after.

Police arrested the man allegedly responsible and he appeared in Kaitaia District Court on Wednesday charged with committing wilful damage and burglary.

Despite police opposition he was remanded on bail to reappear in court next month, Senior Constable Tracee Knowler said.

The bizarre case comes only months after another infamous Northland criminal was jailed.

Lane Lewis Junior Toto - better known as The "Buttcrack Bandit" - got his unflattering moniker after CCTV footage of an impromptu liquor store burglary went viral.

While bending down to pick up three boxes of beer and two boxes of cider after breaking into Houhora Liquor Store, the cheeky thief exposed some significant "builder's crack".

He was eventually tracked down by police and in August a judge at Kaitiai District Court jailed Toto for seven months.

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