Winter crimewave


Time to take more care about locking things.

As the winter season gets under way, Queenstown police are dealing with a surge in light-fingered crimes such as burglaries, opportunistic pilfering and shoplifting…

Bad choice for shoplifters

Two Canadians living in Queenstown – a 29-year-old male and a 26-year-old female – were caught with groceries they hadn’t paid for inside a backpack at the Fresh Choice supermarket at 4.30pm last Sunday.

An 18-year-old man from the Netherlands was done for allegedly stuffing lollies inside his jacket
and trying to leave Fresh Choice at 5.30pm last Friday.

You’re nicked…

A 30-year-old man from Christchurch was arrested for allegedly stealing a bike outside Browns ski shop in Shotover St at 2.40am on Sunday.

“The guy insisted he’s simply found it,” Drader explains. “He and a friend had decided they would ride it home.”
Some building materials went walkies from the back of the Night

‘n’ Day store in Arrowtown during the early hours of last Thursday.

“Shelves, planks and a saw were among items that went missing,” Drader says.

Later the same day, a house burglary was reported in Queens­town’s Man St.

A snowboard, boots, helmet and goggles were stolen from a storage area under the property.

“These sorts of thefts might be on a small scale but you don’t want to be the person to have something taken from you,” Drader adds.

“People should take more care about locking things away at this time of year as there are a few more thieves around.”

Not a smashing idea

A 19-year-old from Invercargill was charged with wilful damage and obstructing police after an incident in the arcade below the SkyCity Casino at 1.30am last Saturday.

He smashed some glass outside the Sushi Box food outlet before giving police false details.

Half an hour earlier, a 21-year-old man living in Queenstown was done for using a document and taking a document.

“He had taken and used a Mobil fuel card from a business in Nelson,” Drader comments.

Axe-man cometh

A 41-year-old man from Wanaka was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour at Lake Hayes Estate at 3.30pm last Saturday.

“The offender went to an address where he knew the people and there was an argument about ownership of a dog,” Drader says.

“He allegedly pulled out a hatchet.”

Flaming cheek

A 19-year old man from Alexandra was charged with disorderly behaviour after a bizarre incident outside Queenstown’s Night ‘n’ Day at 5am last Sunday.

“He was eating a pie and decided to set fire to the packet it was in, as well as some other rubbish he found lying around,” Drader says.