Organised shoplifting accused held in custody

Two Aranui mothers charged with being part of an organised shoplifting ring in Christchurch, Rangiora, and Ashburton have been remanded in custody.

They faced charges of being part of an organised criminal group when they appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

Police opposed bail for Tayla-Dane Korau, 27, and Melissa Mary Haereroa, 30, both from Aldershot Street, Aranui, where search warrants were executed this morning.

The charging documents at court alleged that they were part of a group of people who offended between June 12 and August 11.

The charges include stealing meat, health and beauty items, clothing, sound systems, a television, groceries, and aggravated robbery.

Judge Bridget Macintosh remanded both in custody to appear by video-link on August 31.

The police said four people who have allegedly been participating in this group were arrested and a large number of stolen items were located, as well as an illegal firearm, ammunition and methamphetamine.

Police anticipate they will be able to lay further charges next week, which would take the total number of charges the group is facing to more than 130.

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