Court appearance over generator theft

Two men who allegedly stole emergency generators from quake-striken Christchurch have appeared in court.

Owen Anthony Jackson, 23, and Jed Wilson-Calver, 22, were arrested last night.

They appeared in a temporary district court at the Christchurch Central police station this morning, charged with the theft of three Telstra generators stolen from several locations around the city.

The generators, worth $6000 each, were powering up to 1500 Telstra Clear landlines and broadband customers.

The generators have now been recovered, and are operational.

Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty said the actions of the men were "utterly unacceptable."

The fact that the men had allegedly taken the generators while the city was suffering was unbelievable, she said.

"It just makes their actions even worse in the eyes of fellow Cantabrians."

The two men lifted their middle fingers to the courtroom as they were led back to the cells. Bail was denied, and they were remanded until March 28.

The Dominion Post