Crime Line

Crime Line

7 June 2017

I hope everyone has enjoyed the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Wanaka had a relaxed feel about it without too many major incidents.

With the shorter daylight hours many cyclists are getting caught out in the dark without any lights of reflective clothing. Someone riding to work for an eight o’clock start really needs these simple safety devices, not to mention those cyclists wobbling home from the bars in the evening.

On Monday evening a young male went about town kicking in several shop windows. When spoken to by Police the next day, he admitted the offending, claiming to have ‘flipped out’ after a string of bad news and consuming too much alcohol. Police assisted in his return to Christchurch and he will be attending court in Queenstown on wilful damage charges.

Police and the Harbour Master were required to assist five people who thought it would be a good idea to launch an inflatable dinghy near Edgewater Resort and paddle to Ruby Island, without life jackets. The Harbour Master towed them back to the main land to guarantee their safe return.

A house in Lake Hawea was broken into with prescription medication the target. Unfortunately, these drugs can be of value “on the street” and we ask people to be discrete about them being in the house and try to keep them secure. Positive lines of enquiry are being followed up in regards to this incident.

Another burglary was reported where items belonging to several people were taken. Again police have knowledge of the likely offender who has now left town, but will still have to answer for this offence.

On Friday night a young male fell into the hands of Police and was arrested for breaching his bail conditions. He spent the night locked up in Queenstown before explaining his actions to the court the following day.

An overseas visitor was found by a Police patrol unlawfully on the property of a retail business. He was arrested and given a pre charge warning. This is a timely reminder to all business owners in Wanaka to secure their properties and make sure nothing of interest is readily accessible.

Finally, the Wanaka Police are handed a variety of keys on a daily basis, mostly car keys. Many of these electronic keys are very expensive to replace. So if you have misplaced a set of keys, come to the front counter where you will be warmly greeted by either Kate or Catherine who will hopefully reunite you.
If you have any information pertaining to the incidents above please call the Station on (03) 443 7272 to speak to an Officer, or to give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Have a great week.