A social media broadcast to find the man who tried to break into a vehicle in the Chronicle carpark has led to a conviction.

At about 7am on Tuesday October 17, a man was captured on the Chronicle's CCTV cameras smashing the right rear window of a company car.

The footage was given to the police but the culprit could not be found.

So, being a media company the Chronicle decided to appeal to the public for help - and it worked.

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A Facebook user who viewed the CCTV video was able to identify the man. Police then tracked down the offender and charged him for unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle.

This man was caught on CCTV trying to break into a Wanganui Chronicle vehicle. Photo/ File
This man was caught on CCTV trying to break into a Wanganui Chronicle vehicle. Photo/ File

The offender, Reo Gilbey Webster, pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared in the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Drew Morrison said Webster told the police he was looking for money.

Wanganui Chronicle commercial sales manager Alison Hollard said in the video it looked like he was reaching into the car for something.

"But it's a company vehicle and we keep nothing of value in it."

The video showed Webster entering the St Hill St carpark with tools for breaking into vehicles.

Mrs Hollard said he tried jemmying the door of the company's bright pink The Hits branded vehicle.

"When that was unsuccessful he took out a heavier item and smashed the small triangular window on the rear left of the car," Mrs Hollard said.

Webster also pleaded guilty to shoplifting which was part of a separate incident.

Judge Dugald Matheson convicted Webster of both charges and remanded him on bail for sentencing on December 19.