Cannabis thief calls on police
An investigation into the case of the King Country's dopiest dope grower, who called police over a stolen cannabis plant, soon turned into an equally odd criminal tale of dumb and dumber.
During the summer holiday period, a man in his late teens drove to a Taumarunui property and parked his motorbike intent on settling a debt with the resident, who was in his late 50s.
Acting Senior Sergeant Grant Alabaster, of Taumarunui, said the teenager decided to pinch a small dope plant to settle the score, but the resident arrived home and caught him in the act.
The would-be thief ran off, throwing a rock at the other man, who gave chase. But the resident had the last laugh, holding his rival's motorbike.
"The young one that was stealing [the cannabis plant] rang us because it got out of hand," Alabaster said.
"He had a little motorbike that he'd ridden down there and he couldn't get back on the property so he called us so he could get back on the property and get his motorbike."
Unsurprisingly, the dim-witted pair were both known to police, who chalked up the incident on their Facebook page, with the quip: "Maybe a case of sampling too much of his own product?"
Alabaster said people breaking the law and calling for police help when they got a taste of their own medicine was not as rare as one might imagine.
"It has happened in the past, right across the country, I would imagine. People in the heat of the moment sometimes forget what their role is in what's happened."
They just did not think, Alabaster said.
"They seriously don't. [The teenager] has gone there because he's had a beef and decided to steal [the plant]. He hasn't thought about the repercussions of it at all when he's called us."
Police dished out warnings without resorting to charges and destroyed the dope plant in question.