Arrowtown Burglary

Thursday 11 October 2012, 12:54PM
By New Zealand Police


Queenstown Police today appealed for any information leading to the identification of a Burglar who has twice targeted the same Arrowtown address in the past 6 months.

On the first occasion reported to Police in April 2012, a number of articles of woman's clothing - including undergarments - were taken from a washing line at the rear of a Hertford Street property over the Easter weekend.

Also taken on that occasion were a dog collar and chain from the rear yard.

Police were called to attend at the same address a second time last weekend after an offender had entered into the kitchen of the property and again took articles of woman's clothing - once more including undergarments.

Police are concerned at what appears to be a deliberate targeting of the Victim and the escalation from a washing line theft to the deliberate entry into the Victims' home and are calling on the Arrowtown Community to be vigilant.

Whilst the incidents each appeared to fall at the end of a School Term, Police were not prepared to speculate as to whether this was coincidence or not.

"There are elements to these crimes which are very disturbing not only to the Victim but also for the wider Arrowtown community. At this time there appears to be no particular reason why the Victim has been singled out and it may be there are other similar incidents that have occurred but gone unreported".

"I would expect that the wider community will be as concerned as Police and that people will keep an eye out for suspicious activity not only on their own property but also that of their neighbours - someone has come home with articles of clothing that are foreign to them - we would like to find that person".

Anyone with information can contact Queenstown Police on 03 441 1600 or should they wish to remain anonymous they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.