Trouble cooking for Austrian bottle-throwing chef

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An Austrian chef working in Queenstown has been collared after going berserk outside a bar in Searle Lane. 

The 26-year-old man was nicked at 3.30am on Monday. 

“Apparently the guy had an argument with a female in the bar and was told to leave, which he didn’t like,” constable Sean Drader says. 

“When he was outside, it’s alleged he then threw a bottle through the bar window and became aggressive and uncooperative with police. 

“He’s been charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence and also wilful damage.”

Car thief on the run

A green Toyota Land Cruiser nicked from outside an address in Frankton’s McBride Street on the afternoon of October 27 is believed to have been spotted in Fairlie. 

“The vehicle went missing while the driver had popped back home from work for half an hour,” Drader says. 

“An offender driving the same vehicle was subsequently reported for shoplifting a box of groceries at a supermarket in Fairlie later in the day but he vanished along with the truck.”

Oh no you don’t

A 36-year-old man facing a number of fraud charges in Christchurch was arrested at Queenstown Airport while trying to leave the country. 

The alleged offender – a restaurant manager – was nabbed before boarding a flight to Australia on October 26. 

“It is believed he was attempting to exit New Zealand via Queenstown and he is now being held at prison in 
Christchurch,” Drader says.

Snowboard nicked

A blue and white Burton Clash snowboard has been stolen from the hallway of a house in Turner Street on Queenstown Hill. 

“The item was taken from inside the front door overnight on Sunday so it appears to be a burglary,” Drader observes. 

“Two snowboards were also stolen from a nearby property in August and we’d like to hear from anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area recently.”

Thefts at high school

Cops are investigating a spate of recent thefts at Wakatipu High. 

“Cell phones and a PSP computer console have been stolen from students and at least one suspect has been spoken to,” Drader comments. 

“It’s believed there may also be a number of other thefts that haven’t been reported to police and we would like to hear from any other victims.”

Lakeside woes

A Queenstown bar brewer, 34, was nicked for allegedly drink-driving on Lake Esplanade just after midnight last Saturday. 

And at 11.40pm on Monday, a 31-year-old Brazilian man living in the resort was charged with offensive 
behaviour after opting to have an alfresco pee on Lake Esplanade following a boozy night out..