Man confronted by property owner appears in court

An Oamaru man who was challenged by the owner of a property he allegedly entered with the intention of stealing alcohol appeared in the Timaru District Court on Monday.

Bailee Andrew James Hawtin (23) appeared in front of Judge Joanna Maze on charges of burglary, wilful damage and threatening a person.

He was remanded in custody to July 24, when he is scheduled
to appear in the Oamaru District Court.

Sergeant Blair Wilkinson, of Oamaru, said Hawtin was arrested and charged about 4.20pm on Saturday when he allegedly forced his way into a north Oamaru address on State Highway 1.

While inside he allegedly stole a quantity of wine, before being confronted by the owner of the property.

Hawtin then threatened the person, before police were called and he was taken into custody.

The victim was known to Hawtin, Sgt Wilkinson said.

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