Theft of tradesmen’s gear alleged

A Redwood man has been charged with nine burglaries and thefts of items including tradesmen’s tools totalling more than $30,000.

Barry Lee Stewart was remanded to July 30, in custody, to appear in the Christchurch District Court by video-link.

The 31-year-old entered no pleas to a total of 18 charges alleging offending from April to June. Nine allege burglaries of properties in Christchurch and Waikuku, in North Canterbury.

He is also charged with stealing power tools, hunting gear, footwear, a wallet, a generator, builders’ tools, a wetsuit, binoculars, a ladder, and sunglasses. The total value of the items is $33,400.

Defence counsel Gerald Lascelles said Stewart was already facing several charges relating to possession of methamphetamine, driving, and a firearm, and no bail application was being made for the latest remand.

He said he hoped that pleas could be entered at the next appearance.


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