Police warn Arrowtown residents to beware after two reports of a late night prowler.
At 2am last Sunday, someone was woken at a house in Merioneth Street by the sound of a man trying an outside door handle.
“The person was asleep in the lounge when they heard a noise at the carport door by the kitchen,” local constable Daniel Andrew says. “A male was spotted running away and the door was damaged where the culprit had been trying to gain access to the property.”
The following night, just after midnight, a resident in Bracken St got a rude awakening when they heard footsteps on the outside deck – again the offender scarpered when disturbed.
“It’s certainly suspicious that both incidents happened so close together – it’s possible a burglar is doing the rounds in Arrowtown,” Andrew adds.
“People in the area should make sure their doors and windows are locked and call the police if they see anything out of the ordinary.”
A 25-year-old Queenstowner was arrested for a suspected burglary at 2am last Saturday after a break-in was foiled at a local hotel.
“The incident was witnessed by a night porter but the man ran off when he was interrupted and was later apprehended by police,” Andrew observes.
And last Friday, a barbecue bottle and a 25-litre petrol tank for a boat were reported stolen from a property in Arrowtown’s Devon St.
No Dutch courage
A 34-year-old Dutchman was done for assault and disorderly behaviour at 1.40am last Thursday after being thrown out of a Shotover St bar.
“The man had an altercation with another male before being asked to leave the premises,” Andrew says. “After about 10 minutes he saw the other bloke leaving and allegedly tried to punch him in the head.”
At about the same time last Sunday, a 20-year-old Queenstown man was arrested for disorderly behaviour in Rees St.
“He appeared to be intoxicated and was allegedly yelling and swearing at people around him.” Andrew adds.
Vandals have been targeting cars at Watties Track, near Arthurs Point.
Two vehicles parked up there were reported as being spray-painted with red paint last Saturday night.
On Monday, two further cars were damaged and one had a tyre slashed.
“It doesn’t take a genius to come to the conclusion that both incidents are likely to be linked to the same culprit or culprits,” Andrew comments.
At 9.20pm last Sunday, cops also attended a burnt-out vehicle that was found at the Shotover Delta.
Elderly lady hurt
A 70-year-old Queenstown woman was injured when struck by a car at the corner of Coronation Drive and
Park St at 8.50am on February 10.
“The lady was treated at Lakes District Hospital for minor injures and there are ongoing inquiries relating to the incident,” Daniel says.
Cannabis and cats
Cops acting seized ammunition and cannabis seeds at an address in Frankton at 7am on February 10. At 5.15pm the day before, in an unrelated incident, police dealt with a complaint that a cat had been shot by someone using a slug gun in Fernhill.