Crime Line

Crime Line

16 July 2019

The week started off with the donation box at the Blue Pools up at Makarora being attacked with a grinder and the cash donations stolen out of it over the weekend of 6th/7th July. Anyone having information about this theft is asked to contact the Wanaka Police on 443 7272 or call ‘105’.


On the evening of the 8th July there was a nasty vehicle crash on SH6 just north of Makarora. Occupants of the vehicle received injuries when the vehicle rolled over. A big thanks to all those people who stopped and assisted the occupants until Police, Fire and Ambulance staff arrived.


On 11th July we dealt with a local driver who happily took the advice of local Police and booked an appointment with his GP to get a medical clearance to continue driving his car. If you know someone in a similar situation and think they may not be fit to drive, then book in a chat with the GP just to be sure.
On Friday 12th July, a local driver was spoken to for driving when forbidden and has had his vehicle impounded. Police also dealt with two incidents where people had consumed far too much alcohol. Fortunately friends and family were able to look after those people until they recovered.


The big event on Saturday, yes, the Ranfurly Shield rugby match between Otago and Thames Valley. Otago eventually managed to dominate in the second half and won comfortably. A few early season nerves and too many turnovers by Otago but a good hit-out with many wins to come. Off the field there were a few issues with alcohol, but otherwise everyone was pretty well behaved.


Three drink drivers were apprehended over the weekend which is three too many. Two of them are off to Court to explain how that happened to the judge.


Also on Saturday, Police found a home for two horses out for a trot along Muir Road, Lake Hawea. Thanks to Pete and Kirsten for finding us a paddock for them.


We received a couple of theft reports over the weekend for jackets and wallets. Please keep an eye on your gear when you go out to the pubs as there are unfortunately some people who are helping themselves to other people’s property.


If you have lost a bike lately, we have a few here at the station as well as a bunch of jewellery, watches, prescription glasses and also a generator among other items. Come and see Kate or Catherine to see if we have your lost property.


Continue to be careful when traversing the Crown Range Road between Wanaka and Queenstown. There will be grit or ice that will trip you up if you are not careful. Keep the following distances twice the norm, and pull over if you have to use your cell phone when driving.


Have a safe week (he wiki haumaru).