Gloves are off in Boxing Day bash

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A 49-year-old Queenstown man was arrested for assault after a rode rage incident that started in Kelvin Heights and ended in blows near the Kawarau Falls bridge at just after 2pm last Saturday.

“Apparently, the whole thing began after one driver pulled out in front of another near Balmoral Drive,” constable Sean Drader says.

“When they got to the bridge and had to stop, the offender approached the other vehicle and allegedly punched the younger victim through an open window.”

You can run…


A 23-year-old man from Invercargill was charged with assault after bashing another man in Rees Street then legging it at 3am last Sunday.

“A security guard from a nearby dairy saw him thumping someone before running off with a friend,” Drader says.
“The two later tried to hide from police in the Man Street carpark but had been followed there by community guides.

“The fire alarm was also set off in the carpark and CCTV footage should tell us which of the lads did it. Alcohol was a factor.”

What a dope


A 24-year-old Australian man was charged with possessing cannabis when cops spotted him smoking a joint in Rees St at 3am on Tuesday.

“For some reason the guy lit up when some officers were walking along towards him and he was arrested,” Drader says. “It certainly wasn’t the brightest of ideas.”

Snipped in the bud


A 27-year-old woman who lives in Queenstown was charged with theft after allegedly stealing cash from her employer at lunchtime on Christ­­­mas Eve.

“The offender was working at a hairdressers shop on a trial basis,” Drader comments. “Somehow, I don’t think she’ll now get the job.”

Thieves on prowl


A Queenstown woman had her handbag swiped from a couch by an unknown man inside Bardeaux at about 3am last Sunday.

The bag was later recovered from the bar toilets but cash, a cell phone and a camera were found to be missing.

Meanwhile, a break-in was discovered at a Queenstown Hill address in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

“A lock was smashed and we’re still waiting to hear exactly what went missing,” Drader says.

Abracadabra – you’re nicked


A 21-year-old Christchurch man was nabbed for theft after shoplifting pies from the pie-warmer at the new Night ’N Day store in Shotover St at 2am on Boxing Day.

He was later found to also be breaching bail conditions.

“The guy was with three friends and after leaving the shop without going anywhere near the till, he suddenly produced some pies to share,” Drader observes. “Just like a magic trick, eh?”

Green-fingered yobs


Police are looking for teenage vandals who ripped up shrubs at the new Terrace Junction retail area near Frankton in the early hours of Monday morning.

And a group of young tearaways from out-of-town tore up tussocks and threw rocks at the skate park in Arrowtown at just after 10pm on Sunday, before scarpering.