Remand in custody after 'Little Sucker' theft

The man charged with the unlawful taking of the "Little Sucker'' truck from Dunedin has been remanded in custody by consent after appearing in the Dunedin District Court this afternoon.

James Nash (26), of Dunedin, was located by police during a routine traffic stop in Balclutha last night.

Nash was driving a Honda City vehicle he is charged with unlawfully taking in Christchurch.

It is alleged he had in his possession three altered forks and a set of 21 car keys when he was stopped.

A week earlier, it is alleged Nash unlawfully took "Little Sucker'', a mud truck used to clear sumps and mud traps, from Barry Dell Plumbing in Dunedin and drove it to Christchurch.

He then ditched the truck there, before taking the Honda vehicle, police say.

The truck was found abandoned in Christchurch two days later, camouflaged with grey paint.

Nash is also charged with stealing petrol costing $58.84 from a Caltex petrol station in Dunedin before driving to Christchurch.

He is facing charges of unlawfully entering a property, unlawfully taking a vehicle and theft in relation to the incident in Dunedin.

He is also facing charges of unlawfully taking a vehicle and possessing an instrument with intent to use it to take a vehicle in relation to the taking of the Honda in Christchurch, and possessing a knife in a public place, the Rosebank Lodge in Clyde St, in Balclutha.

He is due to reappear in Dunedin District Court tomorrow morning.




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