Burglars party at Kapiti bar
Five people allegedly broke into a Lindale bar, spending about three hours drinking alcohol and dancing to music before the party was stopped.
The Dog & Duck Jazz Bar and Bistro has been closed for months, but former owner Dion Fraei said it was frustrating to see the damage caused.
He said the offenders smashed a window at the back of the bar overnight on Tuesday to gain entry and then turned the lights on and danced to music.
They drank about two dozen beer and some half-empty spirits which had not been removed from the bar, he said.
"From what I can gather they didn't realise that there are actually some people that live up here and thought the whole thing was strange."
Ross McDermott at Audiosuite was still at Lindale when he saw the lights and party start but thought it was a private function.
"That was until one of them came outside and threw a bottle through the Lindale Cafe window. Then the police were called," said Mr Fraei.
Sergeant Steve Kendrick said five people were found to be involved in the break-in, three males and two females, and the males had been arrested.
"They will be forwarded through to court or youth aid for further action."
He said police knew who the females were and were working to locate them.
Mr Fraei said the most frustrating part of the break-in was the damage caused, with the site being used by about 10 stall holders for the Lindale Farm birthday celebrations this weekend.
"We had the place looking a million bucks and now we need to clean it all up again."