Sho­plifter says drugs not rea­son for crime

Man tells court he took items be­cause he had no money to pay

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Court Re­porter [email protected]­i­cle.co.nz

Aman was ap­pre­hended by a staff mem­ber when try­ing to steal from Mitre 10 Mega in Whanganui. An­gus Alis­taire Graeme Mars made his way to the hard­ware sec­tion on Novem­ber 18.

He grabbed a packet of stain­less steel hex screws and a drill bit.

Mars stuffed the items down his pants to con­ceal them, then walked past the check­outs and through the doors, ex­it­ing the build­ing on Taupo Quay.

“Chal­lenged by a staff mem­ber, he re­moved the stolen items from his pants and handed them back,” po­lice prose­cu­tor Drew Mor­ri­son said in Whanganui Dis­trict Court.

“In ex­pla­na­tion, he stated he took the items be­cause he needed them and had no money.”

Mars pleaded guilty to shoplift­ing be­fore Judge Philip Cray­ton who, on ob­serv­ing his his­tory of of­fend­ing, asked how his is­sues with drugs were go­ing.

“I see you were here on April last year for pos­ses­sion of metham­phetamine. Have you man­aged to stay clear of drugs?”

“Yes,” Mars replied. “I’m not on drugs.”

The judge con­victed Mars and or­dered him to come up to the court if called on for 12 months.

“Mr Mars, I hope that this was mo­ti­vated purely and sim­ply by what you said. If it wasn’t, if drugs are start­ing to fea­ture once again . . . you need to get help. It’s avail­able through Te Oran­ganui and com­mu­nity health ser­vices.”

Chal­lenged by a staff mem­ber, he re­moved the stolen items from his pants and handed

them back.

A Mitre 10 Mega em­ployee ap­pre­hended An­gus Mars, who was con­ceal­ing screws and a drill bit.

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