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Woman Took Teenage Daughter On Burglary Spree, Court Told

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Tauranga, Feb 9 NZPA - A woman equipped with tools for burglary took her teenage daughter with her on a late night stealing spree, Tauranga District Court heard today.

"What sort of example is that?" Judge Louis Bidois asked Julie Ella Hales, an unemployed 36-year-old woman.

He sentenced her to 180 hours' community work on charges of possessing instruments for burglary, theft and unlawfully being in an enclosed yard.

Hales pleaded guilty. The pliers, screwdriver, scissors and gloves she carried were used to get into packaging at the rear of a retail store, said her lawyer, Peter Attwood.

About 1am on the day of the offences the defendant drove to a Tauranga shopping centre, parking her car in a nearby street, prosecutor David Pawson said.

She and her 15-year-old daughter walked through a construction site to the rear of a large retail store where various items that had been returned were kept in bins.

Hales went through the bins selecting goods including food, toys and picture frames, packing them in boxes.

As she started carrying some of the boxes back through the construction site to her car, a passing police patrol noticed movement and went to investigate.

Mr Pawson said officers found the defendant and her daughter crouching by a building with several boxes of items nearby.

The tools and gloves were found in Hales' bag.

She told police she had them for protection. The gloves were for going through rubbish bins.

Admitting she had taken items from the bins, the defendant said she did not regard that as theft.

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