A Queenstown taxi driver has been robbed by three men who stole $700.
The Green Cabs worker was assaulted and robbed at 3.30am today (Wednesday) outside the Memorial Centre in Memorial Street.
Police say the 24-year-old driver had picked up a male passenger in Queenstown CBD.
The passenger was unable to pay the fare when he arrived at Queenstown’s Lake View Holiday Park.
So the driver agreed to take him back to Queenstown Recreation Ground where he said he’d meet a friend with money.
Detective Matt Jones says: “When the passenger didn’t return to the taxi after saying he needed to use a public toilet, the driver went on foot to look for him at the recreation ground.
“He was then attacked and robbed by the passenger and two other men.”
Two of the men then took a cash box from the taxi cab, which contained about $700 cash.
The driver, who’s only been employed for a few months, suffered minor injuries in the assault and is recovering at home.
Police want to hear from anyone who saw people acting suspiciously at the recreation ground, Robins Rd or Gorge Rd at the time.
“We’re particularly interested in any sightings of a white sedan car that was seen in the area at the time,” Jones says.
Green Cabs area manager Martin Amott says all the firm’s vehicles are fitted with cameras, as required by law.
“Obviously I’ll be making sure full charges are pressed. It’s not acceptable for anyone in this industry to be assaulted.”
Senior constable Julian Cahill was on scene this morning dusting for prints in the Recreation Ground toilets.
The toilets and car parking spots were taped off. Queenstown CIB are investigating.