Cops nab fugitive in dairy


Boozed visitor wanted by police outstays welcome


A 27-year old man from Invercargill paid a hefty price when he overstayed his welcome at a Queenstown convenience store last Thursday night.

Police were called when he refused to leave the Night ‘n’ Day store in Camp Street at 11pm – and officers discovered he had two warrants for his arrest.

Things got worse for the boozed visitor when he was also charged with allegedly possessing cannabis and a cannabis pipe.

“He was intoxicated and wouldn’t leave the shop,” local constable Daniel Andrew says. “Considering he had outstanding warrants, it wasn’t exactly the best way of keeping a low profile.

“The gentleman is now in prison in Invercargill.”

Burglars collared

Three people have been arrested after 10 burglaries and several thefts from commercial yards, equipment sheds and rural properties.

In one of the latest break-ins, overnight on October 7, a drill charger and batteries were nicked from an office shed at the Shotover Delta. Two nights later, two 20-litre containers of petrol were taken from the same place.
“The lock was smashed off the door to gain entry,” Andrew says.

Police have uncovered $15,000 worth of property all up and some cannabis. Appearances in Queenstown District Court are expected on Monday.

Lake lark

Four people on board a craft on Lake Wakatipu were spoken to by police after a distress flare was sighted going off near Jack’s Point at 8.30pm last Sunday.

Cops and the Coastguard scrambled to the scene, but no emergency was discovered.

“These kinds of incidents can be frustrating as the emergency services were called in to action, especially as it was on the lake at that time of night,” Andrew says.

Trouble in CBD

A 20-year-old Queenstown male was arrested for assault after allegedly attacking another man in Rees St at 1.45am last Friday.

“He’s believed to have knocked the other guy to the ground and punched him in the face at least three times,” Andrew says.

Later that night, cops collared another local man, aged 31, for allegedly assaulting his partner outside a bar in the CBD.

“He’s believed to have pushed the female against some stairs,” Andrew observes.

And at 2am last Monday, a 25-year-old tourist from Argentina was done for disorderly behaviour when he became abusive outside The World Bar after being asked to leave.

“This was unusual in as much as Argentinian visitors are generally quite well behaved,” Andrew adds.

Two narrow escapes

A couple visiting from China were left shaken when their rental car smashed into a tree on Paradise Road at 4pm last Saturday.

“The vehicle was a write-off but somehow no-one was injured,” Andrew says.

And occupants of a car hit by another on Frankton Road last Thursday were taken to Lakes District Hospital but were found to be suffering minor injuries.

“That was another fortunate one,” Andrew adds.

Plenty of bottle

A 33-year-old Queenstown woman was arrested for using a bank card that wasn’t hers last Thursday.

Cops are keeping an eye out for a man who swiped a bottle of spirits from Betty’s Liquor Store in Camp St at 10.20pm last Friday.

“We have CCTV footage and we hope to identify the individual from that,” Andrew says.