Alleged burglar caught on camera appears in court
A man caught on camera allegedly stealing from a woman's house has appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Wednesday.
Brendon Smith is facing a charge of entering a residential address without authority after allegedly being caught by the woman whose house he was stealing from.
The mother-of-two, named Marney, spotted a man walking down a street in the suburb of Linwood with some of her belongings on Friday afternoon.
She says she came home and noticed the man had just come out of her property with at least two bags and started filming the man on her phone before yelling at him, telling him to drop the bags.
"Drop my stuff and I will not tell the police!" she said.
"I've got you on camera, drop my stuff."
After the man drops his stuff he can be heard apologising and asking for her to forgive him.
"I'm sorry! I've left everything behind," he says.
"Please forgive us."
Marney says she hopes no one else has to go through what she did.
"Maybe if he could turn his life around and not go back to doing this then yeah maybe I would forgive him," she says.
"There are no excuses for doing but if he could right his wrongs by not doing it to someone else and not putting anyone else through it [that would be good]."