Alleged shoplifters accused of cell damage

By Corey Charlton


Two Bay women alleged to have gone on a shoplifting spree in Porirua are now facing an additional charge of intentional damage after the alleged graffiti of their police cell on Sunday night.

Jhermaine Andrea Cripps, 25, has yet to enter a plea to the intentional damage and the shoplifting charges she already faces. She was yesterday granted bail under strict conditions until her next appearance on January 30 at Napier District Court.

She is under a 24-hour curfew at her mother's home in Napier. Bail was opposed by police.

Dawina Louise Ropitini, 26, pleaded guilty to the intentional damage charge and was yesterday sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment for that and shoplifting.

She was also sentenced for possessing methamphetamine and pipes.

In sentencing, Judge Geoff Rea took into account her criminal history, which included 25 previous shoplifting offences.

"For somebody of your age and stage in life you've got an appalling record and you've shown no signs of letting up," Judge Rea said.

A third accused, Tania Catherine Jury, 34, was remanded without plea to appear in Blenheim District Court on January 25.

The shoplifting charges she faces relate to the alleged theft of three flatscreen TVs from a Blenheim store by her and one other person on November 29.

The Porirua crime spree is alleged to have included thefts from seven different Porirua stores with a total value of more than $1000.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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