Do you know these men?


Queenstown police want to speak to three people in relation to separate thefts during the past week.

Police posted CCTV images on Facebook of two men (left) walking away from the Pacific Jemm luxury cruiser at O’Regan’s Wharf, Queenstown Bay, at 4am last week.

The pair, caught on camera last Wednesday, June 5, were wearing towels around their necks and one was carrying bottles of wine.

Towels and bottles of wine were later reported stolen to police from the Pacific Jemm luxury cruiser that night.

Separately, a pair of spectacles was stolen from a victim on the dance floor at downtown Winnies bar on The Mall on Sunday at 12.45am.

“It may seem minor but they are worth $500,” a police post on Facebook reads.

Queenstown police posted a photograph of a man (above) who they are keen to speak to in relation to the spectacles theft.

Woe for Macca’s staff

A manager at Frankton McDonald’s was allegedly punched in the face by a drunken customer.

Police arrested a 31-year-old Invercargill man in relation to the assault at 4.30am on Sunday.

“The man was described as drunk and obnoxious,” senior constable Chris Blackford says.

“He has allegedly become abusive towards staff and punched the manager in the face.”

The man was charged with assault, disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence and possession of cannabis, after officers discovered what appeared to be the drug in his pocket when they searched him.

Queenstown CBD’s Camp Street McDonald’s was the focus of attention last winter season due to several late-night violent incidents by patrons and also a staff member, who was sentenced to home detention after beating up a customer.

In a separate incident, officers also charged an 18-year-old Dunedin boy with possession of drugs after they found what appeared to be a LSD tablet in his pocket during a search.

The 18-year-old had been arrested after allegedly throwing a bottle at the window of Stratton House on Beach Street. He was charged with disorderly behaviour and possession.

Winter crash count rises

Police are warning motorists to drive to the conditions after a number of crashes on Wakatipu roads.

At 12.15pm on Friday, a 33-year-old Swiss national spun off the Glenorchy Road after losing control on black ice.

“He went down over the bank and the report says he was lucky not to end up in the lake,” senior constable Chris Blackford says.

Just two hours later, a 23-year-old Christchurch man lost control on the same patch of ice and crashed into the bank on the other side of the road.

At 7.30pm, an Australian, 29, ended up in a ditch off State Highway 6, Gibbston, after losing control of his car on ice by the Crown Range turnoff,