Man arrested over Anzac trumpet theft

A man has been arrested for stealing a bag of trumpets belonging to a military band at an Anzac Day service in Christchurch this morning.

The alleged thief took no notice of the many law enforcement officers waiting for the service to start when he grabbed a band member's duffel bag at the Cranmer Square ceremony about 5.20am.

Inspector Mike Coulter said the man on a bike cycled past the band member, who was having a cigarette at the time.

He allegedly snatched the bag holding two trumpets and some parade sheet music before cycling towards Park Terrace.

A dog handler, who was waiting at Hagley Park, saw the man and was able to stop and arrest him.

"A 35-year-old man Christchurch man has been arrested for theft," Mr Coulter said.

The man obviously hadn't "computed" how many law enforcement officers would be in the area, Mr Coulter said.

The trumpets and music was returned to the band member in time for the parade to start.

Add a Comment

 

Advertisement

postanote_header_620_x_80.png

postanote_620_x_25.jpg

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter