Would-be cook con­victed of theft

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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.

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