Woman claiming cash for sick son arrested

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 07:33 28/03/2014
Joanne Lee Kerr

Joanne Kerr leaving the Blenheim District Court

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A woman using a mobility scooter while she collects money for her sick child has been arrested.

Joanne Lee Kerr, 31, unemployed of Blenheim, is facing 10 burglary charges, two theft charges, a charge of using a fake script to get prescription drugs, and one of obtaining by deception.

Police first arrested Kerr on Friday night last week after reports of a woman visiting homes in Blenheim on a mobility scooter and collecting money.

Senior Sergeant Dan Mattison, of Blenheim, said Kerr claimed at least three different reasons for collecting money.

One was for her son who was in Starship Hospital in Auckland. She told others she was fundraising for her son's sports team. He understood she had a medical condition, but was able to walk unaided.

Once inside the house, she allegedly took prescription medicine and other small items.

The two theft charges related to daffodil bulbs, secateurs, two ornamental birds and an ornamental mouse.

Police arrested Kerr at her home and charged her with four burglaries. She was released on bail, but on Saturday she was arrested again and charged with a further four burglaries as well as breaching her bail conditions.

On Wednesday, police found Kerr breaching her curfew conditions and arrested her for the third time at 10.50pm. She was charged with a further two burglaries at homes in Nelson St and Arthur St, one of which was allegedly committed on Sunday, the day of Kerr's birthday.

She appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday and was remanded in police custody to reappear on Monday.

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