Manhunt locates three sheepish women

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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.”