Girl guide biscuit thief punished


A 19-year-old from Hokitika who stole 20 boxes of girl guide biscuits and was also found in possession of cannabis was given 100 hours community work and ordered to pay reparation of $280, when he appeared in the Greymouth District Court yesterday.
On February 17, Eldon Wilson took the biscuits from the front porch of a house in Hokitika, where they were being stored before being sold. A police search of Wilson’s home on unrelated matters uncovered one empty box of biscuits, 10 unopened boxes and nine boxes already in the rubbish
Police also found a small amount of cannabis and a bong for smoking the drug.
Wilson told police he had bought the biscuits from the girl guides.
Judge Raoul Neave said Wilson had obviously been smoking too much cannabis which was doing no good. He said it was an inept piece of theft, but the aggravating factor was that Wilson had stolen from a community organisation.