Police station firearms theft accused appears in court
Source: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/391749/-

2019-06-11 02:04:38

The man accused of stealing 11 guns from a police station has appeared in court, but has not yet entered a plea.

Alan James Harris is charged with burglary following a robbery at the Palmerston North police station in April.

Mr Harris appeared in the Palmerston North District Court today facing a burglary charge.

The 38-year-old was sought by police following the revelation that on 25 April, 11 guns were stolen from a secured area at the police station, one of which was an illegal weapon.

The guns were being held as exhibits or had been handed in for destruction.

Police circulated Mr Harris' name and picture and he was identified by a member of the public.

Mr Harris will now appear for a sentence indication hearing on 19 July.

This means the judge will give an indication of what the sentence would be - and Mr Harris can chose to plead guilty and accept the sentence, plead not guilty, or plead guilty but not accept the sentence - and be given a new one.

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