Honesty box theft 'miserable'

Last updated 13:00 26/02/2013

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A Nelson man who drove to a Department of Conservation campground in the Marlborough Sounds and stole cash from an honesty box for camp fees offended in a "miserable way", a judge says.

Joseph Daniel Moody yesterday admitted in the Nelson District Court charges of theft, possession of a pipe to smoke cannabis and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Prosecutor, Sergeant Wayne Johnston, said Moody drove to Cowshed Bay in Kenepuru Sound.

Moody was at the honesty box for 10 minutes and took three envelopes with a total of $75. The cash belonged to DOC and was honesty payment from campers.

Police visited Moody's home on January 29 and found two cannabis pipes, one in Moody's house and one in his car, and rifle ammunition.

Lawyer Ian Miller said Moody found the bullets on the side of the road on the Whangamoa Saddle.

Judge Richard Russell said it was miserable offending and he took a "dim view" of someone taking money from an honesty box.

He sentenced Moody to 120 hours of community work and ordered him to pay $75 reparation to DOC.

Judge Russell disqualified Moody from driving for two months as he had used his car to commit the theft.

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