Muddled thief caught after fuel mix-up

01:00, May 15 2012

A youth caught stealing fuel from a boat in Havelock Marina had to go back for more after putting diesel into his car instead of petrol.

Callum Parker, 18, a labourer, of Renwick, admitted two charges of theft and one charge of escaping custody in Blenheim District Court yesterday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Parker was driving a 15-year-old friend to Nelson on April 25 when he realised his car was running out of petrol, so headed to the marina.

Parker broke into a boat and took a container of diesel, which he poured into the petrol tank of his car. When he realised the fuel was diesel and not petrol, he returned to the marina, where he climbed a wire fence and broke into another boat.

Mr Harris said Parker took $441.20 of petrol in two fuel containers. He hid one container in bushes and put the other in the boot of his car.

Mr Harris said Parker's activities were noticed and police were called but while questioning Parker, he fled because he did not want to go back to jail.

He was caught after a short pursuit and told police he took the fuel because he did not have enough money to pay for it, Mr Harris said.

Judge Richard Russell remanded Parker to reappear for sentencing on June 18.

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