Woman who stole cash card spotted on CCTV

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 16/01/2013

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A Hawera woman has admitted stealing more than $2300 in an effort to repay a drug debt.

Janine Waiwera Rongonui, 48, pleaded guilty in the Hawera District Court yesterday to four counts of using a stolen eftpos card to obtain pecuniary advantage, one of burglary and another for receiving stolen property.

Prosecutor Steve Michael told the court how Rongonui entered a Hawera Primary School classroom on November 20 and stole a backpack, handbag and an eftpos card. Mr Michael said she then withdrew $2320 from four separate cash machines in less than an hour.

Police caught up with Rongonui on December 8 with the help of CCTV footage.

"While carrying out the search warrant, police located a Sony stereo belonging to Turuturu School," Mr Michael said.

Rongonui will reappear for sentencing on February 26.

A late night 35km journey on a stolen quad bike landed a Stratford man with a sentence of community work.

Morgan Thomas Power appeared before Judge Allan Roberts in the Hawera District Court yesterday facing a charge of burglary.

Prosecutor Steve Michael said Power, who was unable to find a lift home from Okato on December 17, broke into a farm property where he had once worked. After taking a box of liquor, Power got on to a quad bike and drove it to Stratford.

Judge Roberts said his concern was that Power was committing crimes to get more alcohol. He was sentenced to 125 hours of community work and had fines replaced with a further 75 hours.

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