Thief admits weapons charge


A shoplifter admits having imitation handguns and a baseball bat with a machete taped to the end when stopped by cops.

Peter Laurence Burridge, 22, pleaded guilty to four charges relating to an incident which sparked a major response from Queenstown police in May.

Burridge, from the affluent Christchurch suburb of Cashmere, was caught attempting to steal a $107 bottle of Bulgari aftershave from Five Mile Pharmacy, Frankton, on May 16.

He ran away when challenged by a staff member. The staff member followed him into the carpark but Burridge kicked him in the chest as he got into a waiting van.

Officers then stopped the van on State Highway 6 in Cromwell. They discovered the baseball bat and two imitation Glock pistols.

Burridge was convicted at Queenstown District Court on Monday after admitting aggravated assault, two charges of possession of offensive weapons and theft.

He also admitted other outstanding charges from previous incidents, including using his father’s bank card without authority and two breaches of a supervision order.

Judge Bernadette Farnan ordered a pre-sentence report which will address the option of home detention and intensive supervision.

Burridge was remanded in custody until his sentencing date, August 23.

Burridge’s co-accused, Marcus Raymond Boyd, 29, who was allegedly driving the van, is due to appear in Christchurch District Court this week.