Queenstown man has got his beloved scooter back, even thought
it was apparently stolen twice over the weekend.
Last Friday night, rafting guide Heath Weir (21) was out
socialising with friends. When he went back to where he had
left his beloved "Scoots" in the morning, the 50cc Suzuki
scooter was missing.
After work on Sunday, he hitchhiked a ride home to Frankton
with a stranger who, on hearing of the machine's
disappearance, provided him with a lead.
"He tells me, 'I've heard of a flatmate of a friend who had a
huge bender on Friday night and stole a scooter, taking it
from Queenstown, along the Frankton Trail to Lake Hayes
"I just said, 'Can you get a hold of these guys - I just want
my scooter back' ."
Mr Weir also started his own investigation, spending hours
driving around Lake Hayes Estate trying to find his maroon
"He's my mean wheels."
Then he received a call from the driver who took him home,
saying the scooter would be dropped at the Rec Ground in
central Queenstown on Sunday night, just a block from Duke St
where Scoots had been sitting on Friday night when it was
Mr Weir showed up to the drop-off point, to be disappointed.
"He wasn't there, so I just went home."
Little did he know but his scooter had been at the drop-off
point earlier but someone else had seen it and allegedly
taken the scooter.
The next day, Mr Weir was "spinning a yarn" to clients of
Queenstown Rafting, telling them how his beloved Scoots had
been taken from him twice in two days.
One of the customers said they had seen a maroon scooter
being loaded into a red SUV about 9pm on Sunday.
On Tuesday Mr Weir told Queenstown police his story and they
checked the car park's CCTV footage, which led to the
identification of a red four-wheel-drive similar to the one
Police were able to track down the vehicle's owners and
located Mr Weir's scooter at their Sunshine Bay home, in a
A 26-year-old British man and a 23-year-old Queenstown woman
were arrested and charged with theft of the motorcycle.
Despite the hassle, the damage and the wasted time, Mr Weir
was still able to keep smiling about the episode.
"I have tried to be really positive about the whole
situation. I kept thinking it was going to come back to me.
It's been like a scavenger hunt."