Staff chase man after clothing taken

An Invercargill man is in custody after clothing was taken from Queenstown retailers.

Senior Sergeant Glenn Wilkinson said a man was seen running with items of clothing from the Small Planet sports store in Shotover St about 12.45pm on Thursday.

Otago Daily Times reporters saw staff chasing the man down Athol St, yelling at him.

After he got into a dark-coloured vehicle parked in the street, a woman stood behind the vehicle, jumping out of the way as it reversed.

She then stood in front to try to block its exit, and again had to jump out of the way as it raced off.

Two males, also understood to work at the shop, then chased it on foot.

Snr Sgt Wilkinson said witnesses were able to provide a description of the vehicle and its registration number.

It was found a short time later at the Lake Hayes Pavilion with the clothing inside, as well as many items allegedly taken from other retailers in the resort town.

The items were returned to the shops.

 - Reece Mark Pottinger Gibson (33) made no plea when he appeared in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

He faces 10 charges of theft and one each of unlawfully taking a vehicle, failing to stop and possessing drug utensils.

He was remanded in custody until his next appearance on Monday.



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