Bean there, done that


Police would like to speak to this woman believed to have committed a fraud at the Fernhill dairy at about noon on Monday. 

“She was caught on CCTV allegedly swapping the price tag on a jar of coffee before getting it at a knock-down price and leaving,” Drader says. 

“We would like to hear from anyone who thinks they know who she is.”

Going nowhere fast

Two Dunedin males aged 17 and 20 are facing a raft of charges after allegedly burgling cars abandoned on Queenstown roads during last week’s polar blast. 

It’s claimed the pair first stole a vehicle in Dunedin before driving to the resort and breaking into a number of stranded cars stretching from Gibbston to Frankton Road. 

“It is also alleged that they stole another car in Queenstown and drove off without paying for petrol at the Shell station,” senior constable Sean Drader says. 

“Targeting vehicles that drivers had to leave in the road because of the bad weather and heavy snow was pretty low behaviour.” 

The two were eventually captured in Palmerston, North Otago. 

Violent trucker collared 

A 28-year-old truck driver from Sydney has been arrested for assault after allegedly bashing an Auckland man, 31, as he was getting into a downtown taxi. 

It is believed the offender had earlier touched the victim’s girlfriend in an inappropriate way while drinking at Winnies in the early hours of last Saturday. 

“The innocent parties didn’t want any trouble and left the bar,” Drader says. 

“But it is believed they were then followed to a taxi rank where a man was punched twice in the head while he was getting into a cab.” 

Home bashings 

A 78-year-old man has been charged with assaulting his wife, 63, at their Queenstown home late last Sunday afternoon. 

“It is alleged that during an argument he pushed his partner over and she hit her head on a glass table,” Drader says. 

“The lady required medical treatment for her injuries.” 

At 3.30am the previous morning, cops were called to another domestic – this time between two male partners at a Queenstown Hill address. 

“One of the men had a bloody nose and a taser was deployed by attending officers,” Drader adds. 

A 22-year-old local man was charged with assault with intent to injure and wilful damage for his part in the incident. 

Road smash, dogs dead 

An Arthurs Point teenager escaped uninjured but two of five dogs travelling in her car had to be put down after she crashed on Malaghans Road at noon last Sunday. 

“Unfortunately the girl lost control of the vehicle and it ended up on its side,” Drader comments.