An Auckland man has been arrested for a burglary at opposition leader John Key's Parnell mansion.
John Clark has been charged for 18 burglaries, including the July burglary of Key's $8 million home while he and wife Bronagh were holidaying in Hawaii. Clark is facing a raft of charges at Auckland District Court.
Detective Senior Sergeant Hayden Mander said police treated the burglary investigation as they would any other. "It is a good success story. But the thing I did not want to come across was that we paid this case any special attention (because of Key's position)."
He said the spate of burglaries that Clark, who police say is not related to Prime Minister Helen Clark, has been accused of occurred across Auckland and were not limited to Parnell.
"A number of items" had been recovered from the burglaries, including some goods allegedly stolen from the Keys, Mander said.
He could not say whether Key's home was targeted.
National Party spokesman Kevin Taylor said Key would not comment on the arrest as the matter was before the courts.
- Sunday Star Times
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