Man charged with taking police station camera

A 21-year-old Oamaru man arrested on Tuesday following the tagging of the old railway bridge made matters worse by allegedly attempting to steal a camera from the Oamaru Police Station.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, said the man, who was arrested along with a 19-year-old male at 6.40pm, had attempted to hide the camera in his underwear "as if we wouldn't notice", after it had taken his picture.

Senior Sergeant Tony Woodbridge later said the man had ripped the camera off a stand, breaking the bolt by which it was fastened.

The camera had fallen from the leg of his pants while he was being searched in the police station a short time later, Snr Sgt Woodbridge said.

Both men were charged with intentional damage.

The 21-year-old, who had earlier allegedly threatened witnesses, was also charged with theft of the camera.


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