‘Idiot’ thief’s easy bust


A tourist who allegedly stole a snowboard from a Queenstown shop was arrested after going for a burger across the road.

The Australian is accused of taking an $800 snowboard from Quest on Shotover Street on Friday afternoon while with a group of friends.

Later that night, staff spotted the group queuing less than 50 metres away at Fergburger.

“The board was taken from outside the shop,” Quest floor manager Nathan McKay says.

“They didn’t go very far at all. Literally over the road, idiots. There were at least six of them, a big group of drunk guys, not difficult to spot. It’s a small town.”

The YES 2012 Basic board was recovered from Snowbiz – where it had been taken to be waxed. The Australian was charged with theft.

More thefts

Inquiries are continuing into the theft of a mobile phone in Winnies at 12.30am on Saturday.

An Australian man asked a woman to take his photo using the phone which she did, before placing it down her top and refusing to give it back.

The woman lashed out when the man tried to get it back.

A group of seven Australian men disturbed two men going through their ski gear at a Wakatipu Heights address at 9.15pm on Friday. The Aussies chased the men down Panorama Terrace but lost them.