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Sightings sought of utes and caravan

Sightings sought of utes and caravan between Queenstown and Wanaka

Otago Lakes-Central Police need the public’s help in relation to the theft of two utes and a caravan and the burglary of a quarry.

We are appealing for sightings and information on the following:

A Toyota Hilux towing a caravan on State Highway 8 between Wanaka and Dunedin on Sunday 30 October.
Any information about two stolen Hilux utes – one blue, the other white - recovered on the Crown Range on Friday 28 October.
Any information about a burglary at the Fulton Hogan quarry, Luggate-Tarras Road, State Highway 8a.
Information that could lead Police to the rightful owner of an old twin-axle trailer.
Any information, no matter how small, could prove to be useful to Police.

Details can be given to Detective Alan Lee on 03 443 5126, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Background to the incidents

On Friday 28 October Police recovered two Toyota Hilux utilities that had been dumped near the summit of the Crown Range Road, between Queenstown and Wanaka.

Both vehicles had previously been reported stolen and both had been stripped of engines and other parts before being pushed over a hill into a gully.

One, blue in colour, had been stolen from Kawarau Rd near Queenstown Airport between lunchtime Monday 10 October and lunchtime Tuesday 11 October.
The model had distinguishing features, including a silver coloured bullbar, a white concrete pumping sticker on the tailgate, no canopy, and a black topliner in the back.

The second Hilux, white in colour, had been stolen between Friday afternoon 30 September and Sunday evening 2 October.

It was taken from the intersection of Riverbank and Cadrona Valley Road, Wanaka.

Between 4.30pm Saturday 29 October and 8.30am Monday 31 October the Fulton Hogan quarry and metal processing facility on State Highway 8a near Luggate was the subject of a burglary.
Items were taken, including a 1979 ‘Nomad’ Caravan - registration 26FZQ.

Its whereabouts are unknown.

At about 6.30am on Sunday 30 October a green Toyota Hilux was seen near Beaumont travelling south on State Highway 8.

The Hilux was towing a caravan.

Police are investigating these incidents and are exploring any possible links between all matters.

Whilst investigators have strong leads, Police would appreciate assistance from anybody who believes they may be able to help.


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