Mountain bike blues after R&R Sport theft


Rare new $5500 model taken from shop

Cops want to hear from anyone who knows anything about the theft of a $5500 downhill mountain bike from R&R Sports in Queenstown’s Shotover Street.

The dark blue coloured Giant Reign X1 was reported missing last Thursday. It’s believed to have been lifted from the shop floor the previous night.

“It’s an extremely rare 2010 model and had only just been delivered,” local police sergeant Linda Stevens says. “It would have appeared to have been taken from just inside the door.

“We are keen for any information as this is an extremely distinctive bike and the only one of its kind in the resort, if not the whole of the South Island.

“Someone must have seen it or have an idea where it is.”

Cars wrecked

Five vehicles parked at a car rental site in Glenda Drive were badly vandalised sometime between September 20-23.

“Three windscreens were smashed, a roof rack was removed and a wiper blade snapped off,” Stevens observes.

“There has been quite a lot of this kind of thing going on in that area and we want to know if anyone saw anything suspicious.”

A Subaru Legacy station wagon also had its front, rear and side windows smashed in while parked in Brecon St overnight last Sunday.

“We are still looking for whoever who did this damage too,” Stevens adds. “It was a bit of a mess.”

Home assault

An out-of-control Queenstown man was arrested for assault with intent to injure, resisting arrest and wilful damage at 2am last Saturday.

“The charges were brought after police attended an alleged domestic incident involving a 25-year-old male at an address in the resort,” Stevens says.

Potty goings-on at DQ

There was good news at Destination Queenstown when police returned a plant pot that had gone walkies from outside the office of the promotion body in Stanley St a few weeks ago.

Sergeant Steve Watt had spotted a man carrying it about town late one night.

“He didn’t know where it had come from so he and I went walking for about 30 minutes trying to find out where it was from,” Watt says.

“He had very sore arms from carting it about so I brought it back to the police station.”

Watt handed the plant back last Friday from its temporary home at the cop shop after hearing DQ had earlier reported one missing.

DQ communications boss Anika Forsman says its return was “definitely a high point of the week”.

Four light-fingered ‘shoppers’

Three people living in Queenstown were collared for shoplifting at the Fresh Choice supermarket at 6.30pm last Saturday.

A 23-year-old female and two men, 23 and 29, were caught trying to leave the store without paying for groceries.

“They were all arrested at the same time after allegedly nicking meat and other items,” Stevens says.

A 21-year-old Queenstown male was also done for swiping Danish pastries and bacon from the Night ‘N’ Day store in Camp St at 2.50am last Friday.