Police station heist admitted

November 5, 2015 | By More

Police-badgeA Christchurch judge noted the irony of the charge against 23-year-old Brandon Boyd – burgling the Rangiora Police Station.

“It’s a bit unusual to have a burglary of a police station, but it does happen,” said Judge Tony Couch after Boyd had admitted the September 28 offence.

He was effectively charged with entering the station’s fully enclosed yard “with intent to commit a crime”.

The crime involved climbing into the yard after the policeman had left for the day, to retrieve a 50cc motorcycle that had been confiscated from him earlier in the day and was waiting in the yard to be taken away to an impound yard.

Boyd got the motorcycle out over the fence, took it to a friend’s house, and the sold it.

Defence counsel David Stringer said that apart from a drink-driving conviction, Boyd had stayed out of trouble for the last couple of years.

However, Judge Couch noted Boyd had “quite a history of similar sorts of things”.

He imposed a 100-hour community work term on the Rangiora plasterer.

 

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