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Queenstown police are on the lookout for this individual (pictured) who’s believed to be in the resort looking for work. 

Brendon Shane Mohi, 41, from Nelson, has warrants for failing to answer bail on January 3 and two charges of wilful damage are outstanding in the Nelson District Court. 

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen him or knows where he is,” acting sergeant Tracy Haggart says.

We’re bashing each other up much more

An increase in assaults is the only real black spot in 2010 Queenstown crime stats released this week. 

Police report a 17.6 per cent increase in local assaults – rising to 240 incidents from 204 the previous year. 

The other big move is a 575 per cent hike in manufacture or cultivation of drugs offences – from eight in 2009 to 54 last year. 

The slight increase in overall local crime rates is being put down to a boost in visitor numbers, with Queenstown police pleased at only a 1.2 per cent rise in total recorded and resolved crime rates for last year. 

A total 1897 incidents were registered in the resort, compared with 1875 in 2009. Last year 1086 incidents were resolved, down two from 1088 in 2009. 

There were eight sexual assaults last year compared with five in 2009 and burglaries were down 11.2 per cent, from a total of 95 in the previous 12 months. Thefts, not including motor vehicle thefts, were up 6.8 per cent from 409 to 437. 

“We are pretty happy with the way things are going,” senior sergeant John Fookes says. 

“When you look at the increase in population over the last few years and the general increase in tourism numbers, in real terms there’s probably been a decrease in crime per head of population.” 

Fookes: “It’s simply the law of numbers – the more people you get, the more crime you’re likely to get.”

Car torched

Cops want information about a car blaze in Arrowtown’s Durham Street at 2.50am last Saturday. 

“The four-wheel drive vehicle was parked up when someone set it alight,” acting sergeant Tracy Haggart observes. 

“It was fully ablaze when the fire brigade arrived and if anyone knows anything about it, I’d ask them to please get in touch.” 

Lake Hayes break-in

Police are warning trampers to be on guard after a vehicle was burgled on Lake Hayes reserve while owners were walking last Sunday afternoon. 

“A laptop computer, bodyboards and clothes were stolen,” Haggart says. 

“If anyone is driving to a walking spot, it would be advisable to leave any valuables at home.”

Dozy driver

A Wanaka man, 59, was rushed to hospital in Invercargill after his car crashed on the Frankton to Kingston highway at 7pm last Sunday. 

“It would appear that the driver fell asleep at the wheel and went off the road,” Haggart comments. 

“He was treated for back injuries.”

Cable guys

Police are hunting thieves of 200 metres of copper cable from a locked container at the Shotover Delta. 

“It’s believed the cable went missing between March 29 and April 11,” Haggart says. 

“The offenders cut their way through a fence to get out of the site.”