A burglar with 24 previous convictions has been jailed for three years for a string of thefts from tourist vehicles in Whangarei, Northland. Hopefully the streets of Whangarei will be a bit safer for a while now and tourists will be able to regain some of their confidence in the town.
During sentencing it emerged that his thefts had affected 31 tourists from Australia, USA, France, England and Germany.
A report in the Northern Advocate stated:
“Hugo targeted tourists’ vehicles at Abbey Caves, Ocean Beach, A.H. Reed Memorial Park, Sandy Bay, Whale Bay and Woolleys Bay in November and December 2009, stealing $31,000 worth of cash and valuables.
He appeared for sentence in the Whangarei District Court yesterday after earlier pleading guilty to 20 charges of theft from cars.
Judge John McDonald said Hugo targeted high value and easily sellable items such as cameras, sunglasses, iPods, foreign currency, jewellery, cellphones and clothes”…read the full report here
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