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Wellington, Oct 14 NZPA - A courier driver and two accomplices have admitted they helped themselves to more than $120,000 worth of items destined for delivery to Northland residents.

Whangarei District Court was told yesterday that Auckland man Darrell William Takiaho, 40, did the mail run from Auckland to Whangarei and in April he began rifling through his freight.

At first he stole a bag which held 117 courier packages.

Over the next two months Takiaho enlisted his pregnant partner Isabella Josephine Waru and unemployed friend Frances Cora Waa as they swiped goods from Courier Post's Whangarei depot on an almost weekly basis, the Northern Advocate reported.

They accumulated a stash which included diamonds, passports, hearing aids, tyre rims, stamps, pyjamas, stereos, computers, chainsaws, vacuum cleaners, soccer balls and mountain bikes.

Police worked with Courier Post and a private investigation firm to identify the thieves.

In June the trio went to the courier depot to go through packages and load up the truck. On the way out they were stopped by police.

In court yesterday Takiaho admitted nine charges of burglary and possession of cannabis for supply (discovered when police searched his home).

He also pleaded guilty to 19 fraud charges involving a company fuel card being used for $2247 in personal expenses.

Waru admitted eight charges of receiving stolen property, and one of burglary while Waa admitted one charge of burglary.

Takiaho and Waru were granted bail but Waa was held in custody until their sentencing on January 13.

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