'Nazi Zealand' tourist admits $1000 sleeping bag theft

Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre (Newshub.)
Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre (Newshub.)

The adventures of a French tourist arrested after a West Coast tantrum have gone from bad to worse.

Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre pleaded guilty on Tuesday to wilful damage, after damaging a State Highway 6 road sign when he became frustrated at being unable to hitch a ride.

Outside court, Rault-Verpre said New Zealand should be renamed "Nazi Zealand".

Now, he has admitted stealing a $1000 sleeping bag from a Kathmandu store in Auckland on September 9th.

Police spoke to Rault-Verpre when he arrived at the Christchurch District Court on Friday morning.

In court, he pleaded guilty to one count of shoplifting.

He also pleaded guilty to wilful damage of the sign but is disputing that he did $3000 worth of damage.

Has been given bail to reappear on October 4th at a disputed facts hearing.