Ian Soanes, of Cardrona, rides down Dunedin's Baldwin St on
one wheel in 2010. The bike is one of the items recovered
in Alexandra. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Central Otago police are praising the efforts of
burglary-victim-turned-detective Ian Soanes, who tracked down
items stolen from his Cardrona property last month.
However, Mr Soanes was extremely upset about how badly
damaged the recovered items were.
Among the estimated $15,000 of items taken from a shed at his
Cardrona Adventure Park in late May was his specially
modified stunt bike that had great sentimental value - it was
the bike he rode down and then up Dunedin's Baldwin St, the
steepest street in the world, on one wheel in 2010.
Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw said Mr Soanes had been
proactive in trying to track down the stolen goods.
On Wednesday, Mr Soanes' detective work led him to the
premises of an Alexandra scrap-metal dealer.
There, he saw a partially dismantled trailer, which he
recognised as the one taken in the burglary. He immediately
contacted police, who later searched the dealer's lock-up.
They recovered most of the items, including the bike, which
was also partially dismantled.
Mr Soanes said he was happy to find the bike, but the
discovery was bittersweet because of the condition it was in.
"... I've got to spend thousands on it [to get it back into
Some items, including batteries, helmets, a pressure sprayer
and cash, were still to be recovered.
Det Sgt Shaw said police inquiries were continuing.
"He [Mr Soanes] has done extremely well to persist and get
the result he has."
A 24-year old Alexandra man has been arrested and charged
with burglary. He will appear in the Alexandra District Court