Three balaclava-clad women in a car have sparked a police search involving patrol cars from Queenstown, Cromwell and Wanaka.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Brian Benn says a member of the public contacted police about 1.10pm yesterday after seeing a car in Cromwell containing “men wearing balaclavas”.
At least four cars were dispatched to find a grey Nissan Pulsar which had been seen turning into State Highway 6 from McNulty Rd, heading towards the Kawarau Gorge.
Snr Sgt Benn says the callout turned out to be a ”bit of a prank gone wrong”.
The vehicle was stopped near Cromwell a short time later.
“It turned out to be three young women acting the fool with balaclavas that they’d bought from the likes of the $2 shop.”
The women were “totally unaware” of the effect of their actions.
“They were very embarrassed and apologetic.”