The accidental dog-napping

Court House from Victoria Sq-101A man who drove away from a service station in a stolen car with a dog inside, pleaded guilty to unlawfully getting into a car in the Christchurch District Court.

Ashley Lyle Scarlett, 26, had a burglary charge withdrawn by police, and pleaded not guilty to taking another car.

The owner of the stolen Mitsubishi Pajero was in Waimairi Road, Ilam on October 3. He got out of the car on the forecourt of a BP service station. Scarlett got into the car, locked the doors, and drove off with Diego the German Shepherd.

He let Diego out of the car, and he was found later in Chatswood Place, Bishopdale after the incident was posted on social media. The car has not been recovered.

Scarlett told the police he had taken the car because he needed a ride home.

Judge Brian Callaghan remanded Scarlett in custody to be sentenced on November 4.

He asked for a pre-sentence report, and a restorative justice meeting if appropriate, and police are seeking reparation of $20,000 for the car, and $30 for the veterinarian bill for the dog.

He was also remanded Scarlett to a case review hearing for the other charge of unlawfully taking a car to December 20.

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