Burglar caught on Facebook

January 21, 2016 | By More

Meshino Cafe-102A man was recognised after CCTV footage of him stealing two charity donation boxes from a St Albans café was posted on Facebook.

Brent John Davie admitted a charge of burglary in the Christchurch District Court today.

The Meshino Café owners posted the footage of the 42-year-old man smashing their front door and stealing the boxes for the Blind Foundation, and the City Mission, shortly after 2am on Christmas Day.

The police summary said Davie rode his bicycle to the café in Rutland Street. He used a crow bar to smash the door, and it was estimated a combined total of around $1500 was taken.

Judge Gary MacAskill remanded Davie in custody for sentencing on March 15, when he is already scheduled for sentencing on other charges.

Reparation is being sought for the damage to the front door of the café, and the money in the donation boxes.

Judge MacAskill asked for an up-to-date pre-sentence report.

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