A second person has admitted their part in the burglary of Cortado’s Restaurant on Somerfield Street in Beckenham, just across the road from the Sydenham police station.
Michelle Joy Tagestad, 37, pleaded guilty to one charge of burglary and was remanded in custody to March 13, when she will also be sentenced on charges of driving without a licence and unlawfully taking a car.
Early in the morning on January 24, Tagestad and 31-year-old Graeme Richard Brand entered the restaurant.
Brand used a screwdriver to force entry into the building and they removed the cash drawer from the till. They left the building by the front door but were spotted by a member of the public who phoned the police. A patrol car was quickly on the scene, caught the pair, and retrieved the cash drawer.
In the Christchurch District Court Judge Brian Callaghan requested a pre-sentence report for the sentencing, and referred Tagestad for a restorative justice conference.
Brand admitted the burglary on February 9, and was remanded in custody for sentencing on February 27.