Serial burglar sought


Police want leads after spate of house break-ins.

Queenstown cops are asking for leads – they believe four burglaries last week are linked.

In the first break-in during the day of March 23, senior sergeant John Fookes says someone jemmied a window of a Fernhill Road home and nicked an iPod and charger.

Another iPod and charger plus a small amount of British currency was flogged from a second Fernhill Rd home the next day – not far from the first address.

Two burglaries were reported on the other side of town on March 25, Fookes says.

A thief entered a Lower Shotover home through the front door and nicked food, alcohol and a stereo.

An Apple laptop, iPod and passport disappeared from inside a Kelvin Heights home – the suspect entered through the front sliding door.

“It’s clearly likely the burglaries were either done by the same person, or at least a couple of them are,” Fookes adds.

“It is unusual to get that many burglaries in a week here, particularly residential.

“If anyone has any inkling as to who may be involved, we’d like to hear from them.”

Drunken misbehaviour

A man was collared for disorderly behaviour and possession of a knife at 1am on March 26.

He’d allegedly been kicking doors at The World bar and was later found at the Buffalo Club in possession of a pocket knife, Fookes says.

Police also charged a 21-year-old Queenstown man with “breaching the peace” on Shotover Street at 12.10am on March 28.

“He was swearing and being abusive,” adds Fookes.

Lateral thinking

Creative use of household items has landed five locals in hot water.

A 28-year-old Fernhill woman was charged with assault with a weapon after allegedly hitting her male partner with a dish rack drainer at 10pm on March 24.

She was also charged with assaulting a police officer, according to Fookes.

The day before, cops spoke to four Arrowtown youths for firing a homemade potato-launching weapon near Tobins Track at 5.20pm.

The youngsters were busted for launching apples into the bush after a resident complained about them “firing a cannon”, Fookes says.

A 15-year-old schoolboy from Arrowtown told police he and his mates had learnt how to build the contraption from the internet.

Car antics

A foreign man was picked up for drink-driving after allegedly crashing into a parked car on Gorge Rd opposite Video Ezy at 3.15am on March 27.

The man blew 1071 micrograms – “a very high level”, Fookes says.

At 11pm that night, the male driver of a Subaru and his three pass­engers scarpered after crashing into a parked milk truck on the corner of Fernhill and Watts Rds.

Cops collared the 20-year-old driver at his Frankton address the next morning and charged him with dangerous driving.

Someone flogged all four wheels from a car in Frankton overnight on March 22-23 and left it stacked up on blocks. The car, belonging to a local woman, was parked in her McBride St driveway.