They’ve logged off


Two laptop computers are believed to have been nicked during a party at a house in Hallenstein Street in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

“The items were reported as having gone missing later in the day,” constable Sean Drader of Queens­town police says. “It’s not uncommon for things like laptops, iPods and phones to be stolen during parties because the hosts sometimes don’t know everyone who turns up.”

Later that night a Finnish tourist had a black Esprit dress jacket worth about $300 pinched from her seat at the World Bar while she was up dancing.

No way to unwind

Three people working in the hospitality industry were done for drink-driving in the resort recently.

At 5.45am last Saturday, a 22-year-old Argentinian bartender living in Queenstown was nabbed after his car went off the road in Thompson St and crashed down a grass bank.

“He was arrested for drink-driving, driving while forbidden and careless driving,” Drader says.

At 11.30pm last Thursday, a 27-year-old chef from Queenstown was stopped on Frankton Road for being over the limit.

The previous morning, a 28-year-old woman, who works as a duty manager at a bar, was collared for drink-driving on Lake Esplanade, at 5.05am.

Bail-breaker of a bust

A 21-year-old male from Arrow­town was done for breaking his bail conditions at 12.40am last Saturday.

“He’d allegedly been consuming alcohol while forbidden to do so,” Drader says.

And a 25-year-old Queenstowner was charged with disorderly behaviour outside Altitude bar in Shotover St on May 20.

“He’d allegedly been kicked out of the bar, where he then hung around the door and got into an argument with a guy half his size,” Drader adds. “This progressed into a tussle and he was restrained by security.”

Cars impounded

A 19-year-old Polish man living in New Zealand had his car impounded at 1.40am last Thursday after being stopped by cops on Frankton Road and found to be driving while suspended.

The same night another driver was hauled over in town and the vehicle he was in later impounded after it emerged he had no licence.

“The car belonged to another local person,” Drader says. “If you are going to lend your car to someone, the onus is on you to check they have a proper licence.

“If you don’t, you could end up with the car being off the road for 28 days, with storage fees to pay, and obviously you don’t want that.”

Aisle be having you

An off-duty cop collared a shoplifter at the Night ‘n’ Day store in Camp Street at 2.50am last Sunday.

The 25-year-old offender, from England, was stopped when he tried to leave the shop with a kilo of cheese and a Meltdown ice cream stuffed up his jumper.

And on May 20, a 30-year-old man from Spain was done for stealing Lemsip colds and flu sachets from Alpine Supermarket on Shotover St.

“He’d already been dealt with for shoplifting in the North Island, so he’d obviously learned little from the experience,” Drader says.