Crime Line

Crime Line

21 March 2018

Wanaka was a sea of green on Saturday night for those out celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Nearly everyone behaved and it was great to see people out enjoying the evening. To top it off, the Irish won the rugby in the early hours.

Now a wee snippet of what’s been happening in Wanaka from a police perspective for the past week:

Overnight on Thursday 15th March, a farm shed was burgled on Lake Hawea to Albert Town Road. An orange and red 250cc Suzuki Quad bike was stolen, along with a Honda XR 200 motorbike and a Husqvarna chainsaw. Of note, a member of the public reported a quad motorbike racing along Bell Street, Hawea, at 3.20am that morning. The quad has turned left into Timsfield Drive and the informant said it was not heard after that. Someone will have seen or heard this motorbike and if so please give us a call. This is not a common occurrence for our area and we are very keen to solve it with your help.

Wanaka New World have had a flurry of thefts of groceries this week which police have been notified about. Some great CCTV footage has been provided and we will be following these complaints up. 

Two drink drivers where stopped locally and processed for being over the legal breath alcohol limit.

The sight of the week has to go to a male who was dropped into town from a wedding in the early hours. Police found him crawling on all fours vomiting in a carpark. I suspect the suit he was wearing will need to go to the dry cleaners. “It’s not what we are drinking, it’s how we are drinking” is a quote that comes to mind. 

It’s great how honest this community is when it comes to handing in found property. We have had a lot of found property handed in of late including some expensive items of jewellery. We would like to reunite these items with their owners. If you have lost something recently then it is worth coming to the station to check our records. If we don’t know that an item is lost then it can be hard for us to track down the owner.

Have a great week.