Kevin Joseph Polwart
Latest Herald story about his escape here
NZ Herald story here
From Waikato Times story 21st October 2000
A $600,000 security van robbery, the biggest in New Zealand , has earned Kevin Joseph Polwart a 10-year jail sentence. Sentencing Polwart in the High Court at Wellington yesterday, Justice Neazor said he accepted the shotguns Kevin Polwart and his brother Leslie used to intimidate the Armourguard van guards were not loaded and the pair had not used violence. But the judge said $238,000 of the stolen money had still not been recovered.
A jury on September 12 found Kevin Polwart, 39, guilty of armed robbery at Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu, on May 24 last year. Polwart's brother got eight years' jail because he pleaded guilty and handed back his share of the money. Justice Neazor said armed robbery was a social threat because security guards did not carry guns and robberies threatened the principle that they should remain unarmed. In a probation report Polwart claimed he had an alibi. But there had been no mention of an alibi during his trial and it was inconsistent with his "I am as guilty as sin" comment to police, the judge said.
Date of Birth
Armed Robbery of a security van in Paraparaumu in May 1999
and some other armed robberies
Escaped from prison in December 2001
Sentenced to 17 years 6 months in October 2000
Likely to have already been released if he has been recaptured in the interim
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