The leader of a group that planned and carried out house burglaries with losses of $46,500 in the Bishopdale area was jailed for two years one month.
The length of the sentence for 22-year-old Tamaroa Jones – beyond two years – meant that home detention could not be considered.
Christchurch District Court Judge John Strettell rejected the Probation Service’s recommendation in the pre-sentence report that Jones be released under intensive supervision.
Jones’ two teenage co-offenders have been dealt with in the Youth Court.
Jones has been held in custody awaiting the sentencing, after admitting the seven burglaries.
The police said Jones and his 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.