Three people have been arrested following two separate incidents involving them legging it from Queenstown accommodation without paying.
Last Sunday, two visitors from the Czech Republic, aged 26 and 23, were charged with theft after walking off from the Lakeview Holiday Park in Brecon Street.
The men had allegedly refused to stump up for their stay, telling staff they had no money.
“They had a bit of a nerve because when they were arrested they had almost $1000 cash in foreign currency,” constable Sean Drader says.
Meanwhile, a 20-year-old female from Australia living in Queenstown was charged with obtaining by deception last Friday after allegedly running up a $671 bill for accommodation, food and booze at the Novotel.
The woman and her boyfriend had been staying there with her 43-year-old mother and her 14-year-old brother.
“She allegedly left the hotel out without paying then later produced a credit card which was declined and also gave false details,” Drader adds.
Crash, bang, wallop
A 21-year-old porter from Queenstown was charged with drink-driving and operating a vehicle carelessly after crashing into three cars parked in an Earnslaw Terrace driveway. It happened at 4am on March 10.
“The man was allegedly behind the wheel of his mate’s car when he somehow smashed into the three parked vehicles,” Drader observes.
Herr Piddler and pal
Two German visitors were collared after exhibiting unwelcome behaviour in the CBD.
Just after midnight last Saturday, cops were called when a man was seen urinating from the first floor of Nomads backpackers onto Searle Lane.
The far-travelled piddler at first denied it, but was evicted from Nomads and later charged with offensive behaviour.
And a 22-year-old German male in Queenstown on a work visa was done for disorderly behaviour at 7am on March 10 outside Night ‘N’ Day – after being turfed out of a taxi because he had no money.
“He slammed the cab door, started to kick rubbish into the street and stood in the middle of the road giving people the finger,” Drader says. “He’d apparently been out drinking all night but it’s not what you’d expect to see at that time in the morning.”
Car prowler on loose
Cops are again warning resort residents to secure their cars after more reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles.
A white crocodile skin wallet and about $840 and was taken from a Nissan Safari parked in Evergreen Place at Sunshine Bay in the early hours of last Friday.
The same night, an iPod was pinched from a vehicle in Arawata Tce.
“About the time of the thefts a man sleeping in a vehicle in Hobart St complained that he was disturbed by someone trying all the door handles,” Drader says.
“The next night, a man wearing a beanie hat was seen acting suspiciously around cars in Thomson St.
“There is someone prowling around targeting unsecured vehicles all over town at the moment, so it’s advisable for people to properly lock up their cars before leaving them,” he warns.
Various tools to the value of $5500 were nicked from containers at a work site at Jacks Point last Thursday. It’s believed the items were taken from a plot at the back of the golf course where a megabucks house is being built.