Drunk burglar caught with stolen kayak
LUZ ZUNIGA / Stuff
Tachyon Hutt was caught with a kayak in his possession within hours of being stolen from an alley. (File photo)
A Blenheim man who drunk robbed three properties and dragged a kayak through town has agreed he needs help with his alcoholism.
Tachyon Hutt, 20, had searched a vehicle at a property in Beaver Rd and taken a bottle of prescription drugs, along with some coins, on the night of October 25.
He then drove to a property on Charles Street, where he found a vehicle containing fishing rods and with a kayak strapped to the roof, according to a police summary of the facts.
Hutt unsuccessfully attempted to remove the fishing rods, damaging them in the process, before turning his attention to the kayak.
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Hutt used a lighter to cut the nylon ties holding it down and scratched the vehicle’s paint while removing the kayak, according to the summary.
He then went to a gated yard at another property on Charles Street, driving through two vehicles to find a purse. The cards from inside the purse were later found at the end of the driveway, but the purse was not found.
Police were called at around 6.50am the next morning to Old Renwick Rd near Lansdowne Park, where Hutt was shouting drunken insults at people, pulling his fingers at motorists and swerving into traffic, causing vehicles to slow down and , in some cases, stopping.
Police found a kayak in his possession, along with coins and other property “of uncertain status”.
Hutt told police he received the kayak from someone named “Dwayne Johnson” and transported it from Spring Creek.
Hutt was charged with disorderly behavior and three counts of burglary which he admitted to Blenheim District Court on Monday.
He also admitted to being charged with threatening behavior after police were called to his boat in Waikawa Bay around 8.30pm on December 22 last year. Members of the public said Hutt acted irrationally and abusively towards people and said that if the police showed up he would shoot them.
The police arrested Hutt and agreed to feed his dog, which Hutt refused to leave in case he starved to death. But while this was happening, Hutt tried to get the dog to bite one of the arresting officers, saying “bite him, bite him”.
Hutt’s attorney, Josh Smith, said Hutt understood that his behavior was affected by his drinking and that he was motivated to address his drinking issues.
Smith said he was investigating in hopes of being able to get Hutt into a residential rehabilitation facility.
Judge Tony Zohrab ordered reports and an alcohol and drug assessment, and remanded Hutt in custody until March 21 for sentencing.
If a bed became available at a residential rehabilitation center before sentencing, Judge Zohrab said he would consider making arrangements for that to happen.
“You are a very young man, with a terrible drinking problem. You have to sort it out at this early stage, otherwise life won’t be good for you. You should do everything possible to resolve these issues.