Police dish out fake ID fines to teenagers


A night out in town proved expensive for two high school girls after they were caught using fake ID. 

The Queenstowners, both 17, were caught as they tried to get into a nightclub at 12.30am last Sunday. They were issued with $200 tickets by nearby police when bouncers spotted their fake cards after asking for proof of their age. 

“Hopefully anybody who has a 17-year-old daughter will be asking them where they were,” senior constable Sean Drader says. 

“And other teenagers will know you can get a ticket for this sort of thing.” 


A supermarket worker has been accused of raiding a rival store for $49 worth of buns and sandwiches. 

The Englishman, 22, was allegedly seen “acting bizarrely” before entering Night and Day on Camp Street, grabbing the food and running away. 

“For $49-worth of rolls, there must have been quite a few of them. 

“He was chased by a witness, tackled and then allegedly tried to start a fight,” Drader says. 

The man, who is on a work visa, was charged with shoplifting and disorderly behaviour, just after midnight last Sunday. 

Prowler spotted on deck 

Police are asking Queenstowners to keep their eyes open after a prowler was spotted in a back garden. 

The man, wearing a cream-coloured beanie, was seen by a woman in Matakauri Place, Fernhill. He was seen walking past the back door on the deck at 12.04am on Tuesday. 

“Prowling activity is rare, we don’t get much of that,” Drader says. 

“If anybody has seen a man in a cream beanie walking somewhere he doesn’t belong, or just someone who doesn’t fit, acting suspiciously, I’d like them to get in touch.” 

There was a spate of prowler sightings in Glenorchy a few weeks ago.

Teen refuses treatment 

A teenage boy allegedly went ballistic at a party before squaring up against other revellers and smashing a window. 

Officers were called to a Goldfield Heights address at 2.40am last Sunday. The unemployed Fernhill youth had cut his hand. 

“He was allegedly trying to start fights,” Drader says. 

“Police took him to hospital but he refused any help and was taken home.” 

The youngster has been charged with wilful damage.

Cannabis arrests 

Two men were arrested for drug charges in separate incidents this week. 

A Chilean driver was stopped on Stanley Street at 12.45am last Friday. 

“Officers smelled cannabis and searched the car,” says Drader. 

They found 23 grams of the drug and a smoking pipe. The man was charged with two offences, consuming cannabis and possession of utensils. 

Last Tuesday, officers stopped an 18-year-old Queenstown youth who had been “acting strangely” for three hours by The Remarkables skifield turn-off. 

They searched his bag and found 12 cannabis seedlings and gardening tools. A later search of his Frankton home uncovered 24 more seedlings and 28 seeds. Appearing in Queenstown District Court, Monday, he admitted he’d been looking for somewhere to plant them. The teenager has been remanded while pre-sentence reports are complied.