The Crime Line

If you want to know what’s going on in Wanaka, read The Upper Clutha Messenger. It is how everyone in town finds out about job openings, cat sitters, live music, used bikes, happy hours, farmers markets, garage sales, and anything else going on about town. It also includes the Crime Line, the police blotter written by one of the four police here in town. It is a hoot to read! Here are some excerpts from the last few weeks.

**It is also important to note that no one here locks their houses, bikes are left propped up outside of the grocery store, and people regularly leave the keys in the ignition of their cars. **


We have had only a few arrests this week which is great from our point of view as it frees staff up to get stuck into crime prevention and traffic patrolling.

A letterbox was also set alight with fireworks over the weekend.  Dangerous considering the close proximity of the house at the address and the wind – far higher value damage was at risk.

A local male was processed by Police under the boy racer provisions for sustained loss of traction (wheelies) in a local residential street.  He will be attending Court for his driving behaviour.

I’m picking with the increase in local youth coming to our attention over the last couple of weeks, school must almost be done for the year. – Watch your behaviour and/or your alcohol consumption, – it may seem fun at the time, but the next day when you realise there are consequences, there is no fun involved.


Some good for nothing thief has helped themselves to 500 litres of petrol from one of our hard working farmer’s properties in Cardrona.  Someone out there knows who did this and we want to talk to you.

On the lighter side a couple of tips: 1. If you park your car on a hill and don’t apply the handbrake, yes, it will roll away and crash into things.  2. If you sunbath nude by the lake, people will complain.  Yes, spare a thought for Mel who attended both those crackers on Tuesday.

From 28-11-2012

Clothing was stolen from a washing line in Albert Town, a scooter was stolen from Kahu Youth, and a mountain bike stolen from an alleyway in town. There was also a report of a vehicle stolen from a car pack in town, which was later relocated in a residential street. Please do not leave your keys in your vehicle.

A 51 year old Wanaka resident was arrested for shoplifting from New World. (the grocery store)

A vehicle crash was attended by Police on McKay Road, where the driver fishtailed and overturned into the middle of the road….I was disappointed to hear a tractor drove around the upside down vehicle while the driver was trapped inside and unsuccessfully struggling to get out. Are you serious? When did we stop looking after each other?

I love that stolen laundry and blown up mailboxes make the news. I love that the police blotter is also a reminder to be a good neighbor and caring person. I really love that last line.

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    1. Chad says:

      Reading this post actually made me seriously homesick for Bozeman. Our daily police blotter reads dang near the same. Here’s a link: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/police_reports/

      BTW Good on ya Stina! Good work with the restaurant. And Zach, buddy, don’t forget to wipe…. hehe… Glad you are feeling better!

      • Stina says:

        HA! Chad, I think that was even better than the Messenger. My favorite: A woman found a deer leg that had been placed on the front bumper of her vehicle.


    2. Mom M says:

      YIKES! Don’t go out after dark! Pretty funny.

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