Arrowtown rugby players were in the right place at the right
time to bring an alleged criminal to justice in Queenstown on
Player Daniel Eyles, of Arrowtown, said yesterday he and
eight fellow members of the team were leaving Flame Bar and
Grill restaurant, one door down from Westpac, about 10pm when
they heard a smashing sound and looked towards the bank.
''There was a gentlemen running very quickly away, so we
checked it out, saw there was a broken window and realised we
should chase him,'' Mr Eyles said.
''A few boys ran after him but couldn't get him, so we just
rang the police.
''We waited for them and they asked us questions and while
that was happening, the guy that we chased came back and
walked past the scene, which was a very strange thing to do,
''He's walking past us trying to not be recognised, but one
of the boys pointed him out and we all agreed that was that
man. He carried on walking past casually and the policeman
just walked over and grabbed him.''
Senior Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said
yesterday an intoxicated 25-year-old Australian man was given
a pre-charge warning after allegedly stealing two T-shirts
from Alta snowboard shop in Duke St on Monday at 6.40pm.
Later the same night, the man allegedly smashed the glass
door of Westpac.
Sergeant Blair Duffy, of Queenstown, said yesterday the
Australian man was charged with intentional damage and was
expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court on
''Any assistance provided by members of the public is
appreciated, particularly when it allows us to resolve an
offence,'' Sgt Duffy said.