Man accused of stealing from JP

By Sandra Conchie

Three Western Bay men charged in relation to a spate of burglary and theft matters have appeared in court, including one accused of stealing items belonging to a local Justice of the Peace.

Traan Kino, 21, of no fixed abode, faced three charges of theft, which relate to thefts from a car and a shop, one charge of burglary and two charges of unlawfully being in a building, when he appeared in Tauranga Community Magistrates' Court yesterday. Court documents reveal that the theft charges relate to an allegation that Kino stole a variety of items from properties in Tauranga South and the Avenues between April 1 and 13 this year.

The items include a passport, cash, jewellery and a camera valued at $4000 belonging to one complainant, a wallet and credit cards valued at $200 owned by another, and Justice of the Peace documents, stamps and other miscellaneous items belonging to man who lives in Welcome Bay.

The burglary charge relates to a house in Tauranga South, where the offence allegedly happened on April 10.

The other charges against Kino relate to an alleged unlawful entry into elderly residents' properties in Cambridge Rd and Bell Common Rd in Bellevue on April 16.

He was arrested on April 17 after police executed several search warrants at properties in Welcome Bay and Brookfield.

Kino is yet to plead to the charges.

He was remanded in custody and is due back in court tomorrow. Meanwhile, two other Bay men faced a raft of burglary, theft and firearms-related charges when they appeared in Tauranga Registrar's Court yesterday.

Mitchell Graeme Tilley, 18, of Te Puna, and Sonny John Viaene, 20, of Omokoroa, are jointly charged with eight burglaries, three charges of theft from cars and also possession of instruments for burglary and unlawful possession of explosives, namely .308 and .22 rounds of ammunition.

Court documents confirm police allege the pair burgled or attempted to break into commercial and residential properties in Omokoroa, Whakamarama, Te Puna and Te Puke, and stole a variety of items from three cars between December 26, 2011 and April 12 this year.

That includes break-ins at Omokoroa Football Club, Whakamarama General Store, Whakamarama Butchery and Pukepine Sawmills in Te Puke, a house and garage in Te Puna, two sheds in Omokoroa and three cars across the district.

Included among the list of items allegedly stolen from cars were 17 rounds of .308 calibre ammunition, two cellphones, two wallets, a pocket knife, two butane bottles, a container of jellybeans, foreign currency, salt and pepper shakers, $14 cash and $70 worth of other items.

Tilley and Viaene, who were arrested on April 12, are yet to plead to the charges.

They were remanded on bail, subject to strict conditions including a nightly curfew and a ban on them having any contact with each other or the complainants. They are due back in court on May 1.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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