Police allege stolen property such as melted gold, diamonds and luxury watches was found at the home of Rob Burgess, 51, and Llannys Burgess, 50, who appeared this week in the Waitakere District Court.
The couple run a secondhand jewellery and antique store in Avondale and were also charged with a number of breaches of the Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Act, some for allegedly failing to verify the details of sellers.
The Burgesses say that the charges were completely blown out of proportion and there were two sides to every story.Another first for New Zealand: the Herald tells a crime story from the crims' point of view. All those bank robbers and sex fiends and scam artists who feature so large in the Herald's pages must be kicking themselves for not calling the paper and getting an interview. But perhaps this sort of opportunity is only available for fences: ordinary hard-working Kiwi battlers who are just struggling to get by. It is not as if they were painting on walls or wearing hoodies or anything.