Have you seen these men?


Cops are on the lookout for these four well-dressed thieves, alleged to have nicked snowsports gear from a vehicle parked at the new Kawarau Hotel. 

Two Salomon snowboards and a pair of Salomon skis were taken from the car’s roofrack at 2.47am on August 1. 

“They’re a pretty distinctive crew and were wearing skinny jeans and stadium jackets,” Drader says. “One of them even had a yellow man-bag. 

“Please tell us if you’ve seen them around.” 

Global booze blitz
A recent drink-driving blitz by Queenstown police has netted a United Nations haul of offenders. 

Drivers from England, Germany, United States, France and Australia were done for being over the limit. 

Two Aucklanders were also picked up – at 1.40am last Friday, a 29-year-old man blew a staggering 1152 micrograms when pulled over on Stanley Street, at the same spot where another male, 44, had blown 1046mgs the night before. 

“We expect a spike in this sort of behaviour over winter because people go out for a few drinks then don’t want to walk home in the cold or take a bus or taxi,” senior constable Sean Drader says. 

“It’s very disappointing that some idiots can’t seem to get the message that this sort of behaviour won’t be tolerated in Queenstown.” 

Trouble downtown
A 22-year-old Argentinian man has been charged with theft after nicking two bottles of vodka from Altitude bar while on his way back from the toilet. 

“Apparently, when he returned from the loo he swiped the drink from a storeroom,” Drader says. 

“He was tracked down to his digs at a cabin on a local camping ground and arrested.” 

The incident happened at 12.05am on August 2. 

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old Queens­town man was arrested for disorderly behaviour after trying to start a fight among a group of people in Church St at 4.35am last Saturday. 

Two other local men, both 19, were also collared for the same offence in Beach St three hours earlier the same night. 

Oh no you don’t
A Sydney marketing student, 28, was arrested at Queenstown Airport last Friday after trying to board a flight home with a laptop computer she’d earlier reported as having been nicked. 

“She had said her computer was stolen from her hotel room when she was out for dinner but a few things didn’t add up,” Drader says. “She was found to still have the item when trying to go back to Australia. 

“People who come to Queenstown and think they can get away with this sort of thing are mistaken. 

“Some of them have usually only seen policemen at work on the television and don’t know how to handle it when they find out we are for real.” 

Drader adds: “We also inform insurance providers about what has happened, which can also have costly consequences for offenders, so it’s simply not worth it.” 

The woman was charged with making a false statement and fined $500.