COVID-19: Auckland man charged with burglary after allegedly stealing laptop from managed isolation hotel

A man has been charged with burglary after allegedly breaking into an Auckland managed isolation facility and stealing a Government worker's laptop. 

The 32-year-old man was arrested in July after breaking into the Crowne Plaza hotel on Albert Street, police confirmed on Thursday. 

He was able to enter the facility by climbing over a barrier fence and walking into reception. 

A Managed Isolation and Quarantine spokesperson told Newshub the laptop belonged to an Aviation Security Service staff member and was disabled remotely shortly after it was taken. 

"There are no indications the person has any access to information on the laptop," they said. 

The spokesperson said the public health risk was low because the man was only in the facility for "a very brief period, a matter of a few minutes at the very most". 

"He briefly entered a staff section in the reception area that was not open to returnees."

He didn't come into close or casual contact with any returnees or staff. 

The spokesperson said the public wasn't told about the break-in because it wasn't required. 

"Decisions around public release of information are based on the circumstances of the incident and operational police imperatives. Taking all that into account, it was determined no public release of information was required."

The man is due to appear in Auckland District Court on November 16. 

It's not the first time someone has broken into or out of an isolation facility, with numerous people escaping over the past few months. 

Police and the New Zealand Defence Force are now stationed at managed quarantine and isolation facilities as a result. 

In early August a woman was caught sneaking into a managed isolation facility in Rotorua. The 45-year-old woman was trespassed after spending a "brief period" of time at the facility.

She had no contact with any staff or new arrivals and was charged with unlawfully being on the property.