Woman arrested over possum fur theft

A woman has been arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of possum fur from a Mosgiel shed last month.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said today a 39-year-old woman had been charged with burglary after allegedly stealing the fur from a Bush Rd property.

She is set to appear in the Dunedin District Court next week.

Police were informed over the weekend of July 20-21 that 60kg of fur had been taken from the Bush Rd property after a shed was broken into.

New Zealand Fur Council chairman Neil Mackie said at the time the price of fur was about $130 per kg, which would make the haul worth $7800.

He was not aware of possum fur theft being a common occurrence. Nor was he aware of a possum fur black market.

"It's important to let the other players in the industry know, because they'll try to sell that through those channels.''

It took about 18 possums to make 1kg of fur, he said.

To make 60kg, some 1080 possum hides were needed.