The old adage of ‘love thy neighbour’ appears to have been lost on a woman who was convicted of burgling the house next door.
After noticing her neighbour was away, Stratford woman Tayler Burgham went to the property and walked away with a wheelie bin, weed eater and exercise bicycle.
The 27-year-old took the items back to her property and left the items there.
Sergeant Steve Hickey told the Hawera District Court the victim had been away from her Page St home for an extended period as she had been house-sitting for a friend.
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Hickey said when the victim returned to her house, she noticed the items were gone. However, she soon solved the mystery when she looked over the fence to Burgham’s property and saw her stolen property was there.
Hickey said when police spoke to the defendant, she admitted to taking the three items but had thought they had been left behind by the victim.
“In explanation, she said she thought the victim had moved out,” he said.
On Tuesday, Burgham pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail.
Lawyer Rajan Rai said Burgham worked part time and was able to pay a fine.
Judge Chris Sygrove said the burglary was “not very sophisticated” as Burgham had made no attempt to conceal the stolen items.
“You know as well as I do that you shouldn’t have taken the items when your neighbour was away,” Sygrove told the defendant.
Burgham was convicted and fined $400 and ordered to pay court costs of $130.