Teen’s ‘Grinch’ burglary

A Christmas present was among the items 17-year-old Pierre Tawhi stole in a Christmas Day burglary.

He has admitted burgling the house in Ngarimu Street, Avonside, late in the afternoon on December 25 while the residents were at the back of the property.

The police told the Christchurch District Court that he stole a laptop computer, headphones, computer tablets, a cell-phone, camera, video camera, bank cards, driver’s licence, handbag and purse, and car and house keys. One of the tablets was a new Christmas present.

A forensic scene examination lifted Tawhi’s fingerprints from the frame of a bedroom window.

Tawhi told police he was unsure why he committed the burglary but he had sold the laptops and tablets. Reparation of more than $3500 is being sought.

Judge David Saunders remanded Tawhi on bail, with a curfew from 4pm to 9am, for sentencing on February 21. He requested a pre-sentence report and a report to assess Tawhi’s suitability for a home detention sentence, and suggested a possible restorative justice meeting with the victims.


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