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Queens­town police are keen to hear from anyone who recognises this man after bread and coke were alleg­­­­edly stolen from the Shotover Street Night ‘n’ Day store on Tuesday morning. 

Senior constable Sean Drader says a video shows a man walking in with a plastic bag and taking items before leaving. 

“He hurriedly grabbed bread as he left and the tray fell on the floor,” Drader says.

Cop’s life-saving lake swim
Queenstown police are praising the efforts of a fellow officer after he saved the life of a man in Lake Wakatipu last week. 

Constable Aaron Redealli jumped off the jetty fully-clothed into the near-freezing water last Thursday to reach a young Puerto Rican man in trouble at 2.20am. 

Sergeant Derek Ealson says Redealli swam 40 metres to the man. The pair struggled in the water for a period until the constable dragged the man to shore. Both the men were both unable to walk and needed assistance. 

“Without the swift actions of Redealli who entered the water and rescued him, it is certain he would have lost his life,” Ealson says. 

The Puerto Rican was taken to Lakes District Hospital at Frankton and treated overnight for hypothermia. 

Free fromage and boeuf 

Two French Queenstown residents were caught shoplifting $43 worth of meat and cheese from FreshChoice on Monday evening. 

Acting sergeant Phil Hamlin says the 22-year-olds both work in Cromwell vineyards and are on poor wages. The pair will appear in Queenstown District Court charged with theft on July 2. 

Mate, you stole my jacket 

Police say a jacket stolen from Night ‘n’ Day could be a misunderstanding. 

A man left his jacket in the store and when he returned to pick it up it had been taken – allegedly by his friend, acting sergeant Phil Hamlin says. 

“The two men seem to know each other and although we are treating it as a theft, we think it may be a misunderstanding.” Hamlin says the shopkeeper knows both men and says he has seen them together in the past. 

“Whether the man picked up the jacket for his friend, we don’t know.” 

Booze bus busts 

The booze bus was in Queenstown last Friday night and four drink drivers were processed at the weekend. 

Senior constable Julian Cahill says this was a good result considering the amount of people in town for the opening of Winter Festival. 

Four breaches of the Queenstown liquor ban occurred over the weekend. Police recorded the incidents along Ballarat Street and Cow Lane. 

More boozy busts 

A man ran away when confronted by security guards for allegedly throwing Pier 19 restaurant chairs into Lake 
Wakatipu last Friday night. A 19-year-old from Havelock North was arrested. 

Three men were arrested for piddling in public early last Thursday and Friday morning. 

A Christchurch man was caught urinating at the entrance of Cow Lane at 3.43am on Thursday. A 19-year-old local man was caught urinating on the wall of sleepwear store Peter Alexander on Camp Street at 2am. Shortly after, and just a few metres away, cops arrested a 21-year-old male student from the United States for urinating 
outside the Camp Street Night ‘n’ Day store at 3.20am. 

They have all been charged with offensive behaviour. 

Smashed shop window 

Police are investigating a wilful damage complaint after a Kiwi South shop window was smashed in The Mall on Friday morning. A nearby bouncer spotted the broken window at 3.30am, but there was no one around, acting sergeant Tracy Haggart says. “If anybody saw anything happen, it would be great to hear from them,” she adds. 

A person received cuts to their face on Saturday after an assault inside Winnies bar at 1.40am. No arrests were made. 

Smashed bus 

A French tourist who ignored an order to fit chains slid into a ski passenger transport bus on the Coronet Peak Road on Tuesday. The man lost traction on the snowy road and crashed into the bus driving on the other side of the road, senior constable Sean Drader says. He was travelling at a low speed and no significant damage was reported.