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Queenstown police are searching for an opportunist who they say stole a commercial van from the town centre after the driver left the keys in the ignition.
The white 12-seater van was taken from Shotover St, near Real Journeys, about 2pm yesterday.
It was found abandoned at Wilson Bay about an hour later.
Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka said the vehicle does not belong to Real Journeys, but is a commercial Mercedes.
“The fact the keys were left in the vehicle is a reminder for people to be mindful of security."
Snr Sgt Enoka said there was no damage to the van and the keys were still in the ignition when officers found it. However, some personal items were missing.
Police are trawling through CCTV footage today in attempts to locate the offender.
He is described as wearing a black hooded jacket and light coloured trousers.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.
• Queenstown police (03) 441-1600; Crimestoppers 0800-555-111