Group raided Bishopdale homes

Police car-Sept2013-02The leader of a group that planned and carried out house burglaries in Bishopdale has admitted seven charges.

Tamaroa Jones admitted the burglaries in the Christchurch District Court, after his teenage co-offenders were charged in the Youth Court.

The police summary of facts said Jones, 23, and a number of associates stole a television and a guitar from a home in Wychwood Crescent sometime between August 15 and September 16, and between September 13 and September 16 they took jewellery, a television, and a stereo system from a house in Harewood Road.

Jones and one other associate stole a television from Raleigh Street on September 21, and on his own, he stole an iPad, an iPod, and a smart phone from Eastling Street on September 24.

On September 26 with associates, he took a leather jacket, diamond ring, watches, and food from the fridge and freezer at a house in Harewood Road, a laptop computer  from another property in the same road, and a Playstation from a house on Kingrove Street.

Jones admitted break-ins where the losses totalled $46,500.

Judge Alistair Garland remanded Jones in custody to February 18 and ordered a pre-sentence report with a report to assess his suitability for a home detention sentence, but told Jones not to get his hopes up for the home detention option.


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