Man's crime spree takes him from Taranaki to Blenheim

The Blenheim District Court.
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The Blenheim District Court.

A man has admitted stealing items from a rugby clubrooms and attempting to steal a charity box from a holiday park.

Daniel Page, 32, broke into the Toko Rugby Clubrooms in Taranaki and stole about $1500 worth of property on April 5.

He took meat from the freezer, first aid kits, a cash register, and an industrial vacuum cleaner.

Page then visited the Top 10 Holiday Park, in Blenheim, on July 31 where he found the reception area unattended, a police summary of facts said.

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Staff later caught him on their security camera footage, walking behind the counter and attempting to remove a charity box stuck to the counter.

A holiday park spokeswoman said the box was raising money for penguins, though she could not remember the name of the charity as they had since returned the box.

The box was screwed to the counter and Page was unable to remove the box, so he left empty-handed.

However, he returned on August 19 and broke into a vacant room at the holiday park about 9pm.

Page stayed the night and in the morning took several bags of food from the communal kitchen fridge before leaving.

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Page admitted three counts of burglary and one of theft at the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday.

He also admitted a shoplifting charge for taking $264 worth of clothing from The Warehouse in Levin on April 29.

Police said he took the barcodes and security tags off the items before putting them on over his clothes and leaving without paying.

Judge Richard Russell said Page was on a Jobseekers benefit and had been living with his sister in Dannevirke, but had since moved to escape "antisocial associates".

"You have a number of previous convictions spanning some 10 pages, including 25 for theft and 16 for burglary, so you're no stranger to the court."

Judge Russell sentenced Page to five months' home detention at an address in Taranaki.

He was also sentenced to undergo a Tikanga Maori programme, alcohol and drug counselling, and any other counselling as directed by probation.

He would pay $1690 reparation in total to the Toko Rugby Club, and $102 to the Top 10 Holiday Park.

"What you need to understand, Mr Page, is that the court does treat the offence of burglary very seriously. The maximum penalty for burglary is 10 years' imprisonment because people have the right to protection from having their property damaged or taken," Judge Russell said.

 - The Marlborough Express

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