Burglar on the prowl


Queenstown cops want to hear from anyone who recognises this distinctive hooded sweatshirt (right) left near the scene of a burglary at The Beeches in Hallenstein Street.

Property stolen during the November 25 break-in was recovered near Southern Laughter backpackers in Isle St the following morning.

Cops now believe the discarded top could be linked to a thief who entered another nearby property on Queenstown Hill last Friday evening.

“The offender had vomited at the scene of the first break-in and left the sweatshirt and a T-shirt behind,” local constable Sean Drader says.

The second burglary happened between 5.15pm-11pm and the culprit got in through a second-story window.
Items taken include a Playstation PS2 computer game console and two controllers, Nikon and Samsung digital cameras and three iPods – one autographed by rock band U2. Cash totalling 260 pounds in English money was also swiped.

“It was quite a little haul and it’s possible the incidents at both addresses are related as they are located close to each other and there are other similarities,” Drader adds.

Triple whammy

Two men and a woman were charged with disorderly behaviour after a drunken debacle in the CBD at 1am last Saturday.

Cops got a barrage of abuse from a sozzled Queenstown couple when officers went to speak to a 25-year-old male from Wanaka who had lain down in the road and was making a nuisance of himself.

“The man lying in the street became abusive and called police a word beginning with a C,” Drader says.

“The other two had butted in and also got arrested when the female stood in front of the patrol vehicle and someone tried to open the car door.

“The second guy who came along was also swearing and shouting at police and allegedly tried to strike toward a community guide who had turned up to lend a hand.”

Car thief collared

A 26-year-old Queenstown man found near the scene of an accident involving a car stolen from Cromwell Races has been charged with unlawful taking.

The vehicle – belonging to the New Zealand Racing Board – was pinched from the racecourse on November 29 and discovered after crashing in Malaghans Road later that evening.

The man suspected of being behind the wheel was taken to hospital in Invercargill for an operation after suffering injuries but at the time insisted he wasn’t the driver.

Cruising for trouble

Police would like to speak to this man (right) who sneaked aboard the TSS Earnslaw at Steamer Wharf in the wee small hours for an impromptu tour of the boat.

He was snapped just after 1.30am on November 29, not long after he and two mates were refused entry to the SkyCity Queenstown casino because they were too drunk.

“The Earnslaw’s owners Real Journeys take breaches of security seriously and we’d like to hear from anyone who recognises this character,” Drader says.