Claims of standover tactics and gang members being
employed to intimidate rivals have emerged in the Dunedin bar
An ''ongoing issue'' regarding entertainment industry
property sparked an incident last month, leading to a police
investigation, Detective Sergeant Brett Roberts confirmed.
He said that as a result of a dispute, one of the parties
legally repossessed some equipment from a rival bar on
The second party then employed the services of a local gang
to take the equipment back, he said.
The CIB was investigating allegations of theft, but ''no
arrests have been made at this stage'', Det Sgt Roberts said.
One of the bar owners declined to comment on the incident
Last month, the Otago Daily Times reported an incident
that left two Dunedin bars being forced to shut their doors
for a day following foul play.
In that incident, concrete was allegedly poured down a drain
at the rear of the Octagon building the businesses share.
The business owners and the building owners all declined to
comment about the incident.
Det Sgt Roberts confirmed there was ''some connection''
between that incident and the theft allegation.
The events allegedly happened on the same weekend in
One bar employee said the repossession incident left a ''sour
taste'' in their mouths, and led to some workers quitting
Other staff approached for comment declined to talk about the
Police want to speak to anyone with information about the
They are urged to contact Dunedin police on 471-4800 or
anonymously via the 0800 555 111 Crimestoppers line.