Boozy car prowlers on loose in resort


Cops warn there’s been another spate of car break-ins at Frankton, Kelvin Heights and Fernhill – with thieves looking for cash and booze.

The latest incidents happened overnight last Sunday and Monday and follow a raft of other vehicle burglaries over the recent Easter weekend.

“The offenders have been rummaging through glove boxes and seem to be targeting alcohol and money yet leaving electrical goods like iPods and cellphones alone,” intelligence support officer Haley MacKenzie says.

“Most of the cars affected weren’t locked so it pays for people to secure their vehicles if they are being left unattended and also keep any valuables out of sight.”

MacKenzie adds: “We’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen something suspicious at these times and dates.”

Flatmates to cellmates

Two Invercargill flatmates were involved in separate violent Queenstown incidents in the early hours of last Saturday.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at 1am after allegedly starting a fight with a doorman at Revolver bar.

“He apparently then fell down the stairs and knocked himself out before trying to get back up for another scrap,” MacKenzie says. “He was later charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence.” Two hours later, his flatmate, 22, was arrested for a serious assault after allegedly attacking a Queenstown man in Camp Street – right in front of the police station.

“It’s alleged the offender got into an argument then walked across the road and smashed the victim in the face with his elbow, causing lacerations,” MacKenzie says.

Gunning for trouble

Cops are probing the theft of a firearm – believed to be loaded – from a house at Kelvin Heights.
A .22 rifle, ammunition, an expensive watch and a passport were swiped from the Peninsula Road property between April 28 and 29.

“The theft of any firearm is obviously a worry,” MacKenzie says.

Racial abuse

Two men were collared for disorderly behaviour after allegedly yelling racial abuse at a group of Asian visitors at 1.40am last Saturday.

A 22-year-old Queenstowner and a Dunedin male, 20, are alleged to have walked up to the group in Beach St and made racial slurs and comments, which also sparked a scuffle.

“They were both arrested and as usual, alcohol seemed to be a contributing factor,” MacKenzie comments.
Zero tolerance, or what?

A 23-year-old woman was warned for shoplifting at the FreshChoice supermarket after she was spotted eating just two peanuts while getting her groceries at 6pm last Friday.

“I suppose it was getting towards dinner time,” MacKenzie observes.

Elsewhere, an 18-year-old male local student was charged with breaching the liquor ban after allegedly swigging beer on the Village Green despite warnings from cops, at 2am last Friday.

Drink-driver’s narrow escape

A Queenstown man was nabbed for drink-driving after being spotted crawling from his overturned car at 6am last Friday.

Police were called after the 29-year-old was seen clambering from the vehicle at Millbrook Resort near Arrowtown by a worker.

The uninjured driver blew 865 micrograms – more than twice the legal limit.