Crime Line

Crime Line

18 December 2019

While Santa is waxing the skids on his sleigh and oiling the reindeer harness in preparation for his next dash around the planet, the list of incidents attended by local police grows:
On Monday, 9th December, Police dealt with two incidents involving a person breaching their court bail conditions.


Four traffic incidents were attended to during the week on the Cardrona - Crown Range Road, all involving poor driving. In each case the driver was issued with an infringement notice fine.
Another complaint was received by Police relating to Facebook purchases of concert tickets where the money was paid and the tickets never arrived. This method of buying concert tickets is a favourite one for fraudsters so beware.


On Thursday Police investigated a burglary at a vacant bach in Lake Häwea. The culprit(s) has been identified and referred to our Youth Aid Section. Owners of vacant holiday homes in the area please ensure that you have a friend or neighbour looking after your property during the year.


On Friday, a group of 14 adults decided to test out their cheap inflatable boat skills on the Clutha River (running at 400 cubic metres above normal) from the Outlet to the Red Bridge. Mayhem resulted with some rescued by jet boat, one tangled up in trees and one fished out downstream of the Red Bridge. Altogether a bad idea, not to happen again.


On Friday night, three drink drivers were processed with readings between 299 and 1119mg. Two will be having a conversation with the Judge over in Queenstown in the New Year, and hoping that Santa brings them a skateboard.

Police also dealt with three domestic incidents over the week, attended an assault outside a bar in Helwick Street, and took home two intoxicated males who were located asleep around the town (where were your mates?).

With many work Christmas events being held this week - organise a ride home or choose a sober driver to be your taxi, or book the local taxi to get you home safely.

Have a safe week.