No brotherly love


Two sets of siblings nabbed scrapping.

Brawling brothers ruled Queens­town streets last weekend in two separate incidents.

A 25-year-old local man was arrested for disorderly behaviour after allegedly fighting with his bro on Shotover Street at 10pm last Friday.

An hour later, the 21-year-old brother was nicked for allegedly drink-driving on Rees St and challenging pedestrians to a fight.

The man “got out of his vehicle with a tyre iron and threatened another man with it”, says Queenstown acting senior sergeant Brian Cameron.

Cops charged him with disorderly behaviour, having an offensive weapon and obstructing police.

He was also processed for drink driving but refused to give blood.

Both men were alleged to have been boozing.

Two nights later another set of brothers were arrested for fighting outside Winnies bar and restaurant in The Mall.

The Auckland men were allegedly involved in a scrap between two opposing groups, but when cops arrived at 1.10am only the pair of them remained.

A 25-year-old was charged with fighting and disorderly behaviour after “threatening and assaulting” his 18-year-old bro, Cameron says.

The younger man was arrested for disorderly behaviour.

Cranky window-bashers

A 25-year-old man allegedly took out his anger on some glass after arguing with his girlfriend at 8am on March 8.
Cops arrested him for causing intentional damage after he missed the wall he was aiming for and hit a Lakes Environmental office window instead.

“Walls aren’t generally noted for their side-step,” says Cameron.

The culprit called police and confessed.

An American tourist was also arrested for smashing a window at the Vertigo Bikes store on Brecon St at 2.35am on March 4.

The 28-year-old claimed he was “play-fighting with a guy he had met that night”, Cameron says.

He ran off but cops found him a short time later. He paid $800 for the damage and received diversion.

Absent minds

A 22-year-old Benmore man was the worse for drink when he hopped into the wrong car at 2.30am on March 7.

Cops arrested him for unlawfully entering the vehicle, parked on Rees St, after finding him “extremely drunk” in the driver’s seat.

“His explanation was that he used to own [a car] like it a few years ago,” says Cameron.

And a forgetful visitor from Lyttleton had $40 and his Eftpos card nicked when he left the card in a Westpac cash machine at 3.15pm on Beach St on March 3.

The 23-year-old was apparently with a young lady and “was more enamoured with her charms than he was with retrieving his card”, Cameron says.

Going potty

Three Queenstown locals were busted for alleged drug offences when cops searched their Fernhill home on March 6.

A woman and two men in their early 20s were arrested at their Richard Park Lane address on charges including possession of cannabis for supply and cultivation of cannabis.

Police acted on a tip-off, Cameron says.

Burglars on the loose

Thieves nicked a laptop from a vehicle parked at Wye Creek on March 2.

According to Cameron, two Brits had gone rock climbing at 11.30am and when they got back at 7pm their car had been broken into.

Police are also investigating two local men for allegedly using a 70-year-old Queenstown-based Jap­a­nese man’s credit card to buy items off TradeMe on March 3.

The sneaky purchases were valued at $1100.

Someone also broke in to the Alpine Machinery workshop in Frankton overnight on March 7-8 and nicked a petty cash box containing $200.

Inquiries are continuing, Cameron says.