Jailed for stealing cricket player's gear

ROB KIDD
Last updated 10:50 14/04/2014

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An Auckland man who stole cricket gear belonging to a touring international player has been jailed.

Christian Eric Schollum, 27, appeared in Auckland District Court on Friday and admitted two charges of theft and one of breaching a supervision order.

According to court documents one of the theft charges stemmed from an incident on January 10 while the West Indies cricket team was touring the country.

Schollum stole a bag containing cricket equipment valued at $10,000, which belonged to one of the team's star batsmen Darren Bravo.

The court heard Schollum stole the gear from a hotel room.

Police did not seek reparation for the victim, telling Judge Russell Collins the possessions had been recovered.

Schollum's lawyer said there was a suitable address for a community-based sentence but Judge Collins declined that option.

The judge highlighted the offender's "extensive list of previous convictions" and jailed him for four months.

The theft came at the end of a disappointing tour for the Windies, who didn't win a test or T20 match during their visit.

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