Would-be cook convicted of theft
A Waitangirua thief’s love of cooking, discovered while completing his community work, led to him stealing kitchen utensils.
Montana Moki, 19, pleaded guilty at Porirua District Court last week to four charges of shoplifting and a charge of wilful damage.
Among the items stolen between May 25 and June 20 were frypans/skillets and a dicer valued at $ 379.80 from The Wharehouse Porirua.
Moki told Judge Bill Hastings he really enjoyed the cooking lessons that were part of his current community work.
Hastings asked if that was them,’’ Hastings said to Moki.
Police prosecutor Lisa Thomson said Moki had also stolen a duckdown jacket from Kathmandu Petone; two hard drives and a 40-inch Samsung television from Dick Smith Electronics Lyall Bay; $ 300 worth of body products from Uncle Bills Porirua; and three jackets from Mac Pac Wellington.
Moki’s lawyer, Louise Brown, said Moki had a gambling problem, which was why he stole the items. Hastings convicted Moki. He was sentenced to 80 hours’ community work and ordered to pay $2352.50 in reparation.