Meat, drink and dash


Police want to speak to this couple (right) who left Prime restaurant in Rees Street without settling the bill, sometime between 7pm and 9pm last Saturday night. 

The female has distinctive red dreadlocks and the man was wearing white shorts. 

“They had a meal and a nice bottle of vino totalling $133.50 then left without paying,” constable Sean Drader says. “We would like to hear from anyone who may recognise the woman.” 

If the clothes fit… 

A 24-year-old American woman working as a manager at a Queenstown clothes shop was arrested for theft last Saturday – after being spotted wearing a jersey that had been shoplifted from another resort outlet. 

“The complainant later saw the female out and about with the stolen item on and followed her before calling police,” Drader says. 

Bailing on Base bill 

An 18-year-old Englishwoman was charged with obtaining by deception on Monday when she tried to skip out of Base backpackers without paying after a two-night stay. 

“She had apparently tried to pretend she was someone else and had given the name of a friend who was also staying there,” Drader comments. 

Cocktail for trouble 

A bartender from London in Queenstown for the 42Below cocktail world cup was done for offensive behaviour after being caught piddling on a shop window. 

The 23-year-old man relieved himself in full view of waiting customers at Fergburger in Shotover St at 2.45am on March 25th. 

Fight night 

A 38-year-old Queenstowner was taken to Lakes District Hospital to have his head stitched after an altercation outside Winnies bar and restaurant on March 25. 

“The man had been refused entry and decided to grab a doorman before he fell and hit his head,” Drader comments. “He wasn’t charged.” 

Drink-drivers collared 

A 49-year-old local man was done for drink-driving after blowing 1004 micrograms at 12.50am on Wednesday. He’d been driving a BMW and is alleged to have crashed into two pedestrian barriers in town before continuing home. 

A male from Timaru, 46, was also processed for drink-driving after being caught over the limit in a Mercedes at 11.15pm last Saturday. 

“Someone rang up to complain about his driving,” Drader says. 

Meanwhile, a trailer stolen from an address in Lake Hayes Road on March 24 was recovered on Tuesday after 
a local cop spotted it parked up outside Queenstown Library, he says. 

Shoplifters nabbed 

A Spanish woman, 29, was charged with theft after being caught shoplifting $10 worth of goods at Fresh Choice supermarket on March 25. 

“Cannabis was also found in a bag she had and she also got a warning for that,” Drader says. 

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old Swedish woman was warned by cops at Fresh Choice last Saturday after being spotted trying to take a bag of cashew nuts.