Man admits stealing jewellery
An Auckland man has admitted stealing more than $200,000 of jewellery from Cambridge Jewellers.
Haere Tawhiti Rex Maney, 27, is also linked to an earlier burglary of Bethlehem Jewellers in Tauranga in which $13,000 of property was stolen.
Maney, an electrical fitter, appeared in the Hamilton District Court yesterday and admitted receiving jewellery, burglary and theft of a vehicle.
A charge of arson of a motor vehicle was withdrawn by police.
The court heard that Maney and an associate targeted Cambridge Jewellers just hours before the town hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on April 12.
The night before the burglary, the pair stole a Mitsubishi car, which they used to drive to Cambridge.
Arriving about 2.30am, they went around the back of the shop and used bolt-cutters to get through a gate before forcing their way inside.
They then smashed a variety of display cases stealing rings, jewels and watches.
The goods stolen in the heist were valued about $230,000.
Maney and his associate then drove the stolen car to Maungakawa Rd, Cambridge, and set fire to it.
Maney was arrested after his blood was found at the scene and analysed by police.
The pair's actions were caught on the company's security system.
When arrested, Maney was found with jewellery from both heists, including a Gold Estate chain valued at $599 and a custom-made gold and greenstone pendant valued at $1200 from the Bethlehem Jewellers burglary in January.
The burglary left Cambridge store owners Andrew and Katrina Haultain reeling.
Judge Glen Marshall convicted Maney and remanded him in custody for sentencing next month. firstname.lastname@example.org