Man tried to sell stolen war medals

An unemployed Christchurch man tried to sell stolen war medals worth $2000 at a pawn shop.

The World War 2 medals had been stolen from an address in Saltaire Street, North New Brighton, on March 2, the same day Michael John O’Donnell tried to sell them at Edgeware Traders, in Edgeware Road.

The 50-year-old pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court today to receiving the stolen medals, and receiving a $400 chainsaw taken in another burglary, which he pawned at a shop in Ferry Road.

He also admitted charges of being unlawfully in a yard and theft of scrap metal.

When police interviewed him, O’Donnell claimed he had bought the medals for $50 from “someone from New Brighton”. He said he had swapped a motorcycle for the chainsaw.

Judge Stephen O’Driscoll remanded him in custody for sentencing on July 17. He called for a pre-sentence report that will assess O’Donnell’s suitability for home or community detention.

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