Return of the Grinch


Police are warning car owners to be more vigilant during the festive season after a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles last Friday night.

Three motors in Arrowtown and one at Lake Hayes Estate were targeted – cops believe the incidents are linked.
Items including wallets, digital cameras, an iPod and docking station, binoculars and some kids’ clothes were nicked.

“It appears the Grinch is back for Christmas and people should take particular care to lock their cars and their homes,” constable Sean Drader says.

“Traditionally, there tends to be another spike of thefts in the Wakatipu around New Year so now is a good time to be thinking about security.

“There’s a lucrative trade in things like iPods and cameras because they are easy to conceal and then sell on, so they should also always be kept well out of sight.”

Out of his tree

A 34-year-old Queenstowner was charged with assaulting a man who fell out of a tree in Earnslaw Park just before 11pm last Friday.

“The victim had been drinking and was acting the goat when he toppled from the tree and was lying on the ground,” Drader observes.

“The offender said he originally went to his aid, but claims he was given the finger and was sworn at by the other bloke.

“The offender then allegedly proceeded to kick him instead of helping him, so he was arrested.”

Parking warden attacked

Cops are looking for a man who threatened and allegedly assaulted a Queenstown parking warden at 4.30pm last Friday.

“The suspect attended the Lakes Environmental office in Shotover Street and wanted to speak to a warden about a parking ticket he’d been issued,” Drader comments. “Staff refused to offer details and the man became abusive.

“The suspect then approached the victim and allegedly threatened, grabbed and shook him before making off along Beach St.”

Drader adds: “We know who he is and our enquiries are ongoing.”

Two-wheeled menace

Cops are concerned about cyclists speeding through roadworks at Fernhill Road, outside the Heritage Hotel.

“Three lanes have been coned off and it’s a 30 kmh zone,” Drader says. “There seems to be no problem with cars but cyclists are going through faster than that, especially early in the morning.

“If this continues, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.”