Burglars steal Wellington bar's booze

02:57, Mar 27 2014

An alarm and a bottle smashed on the street alerted a cleaner who spotted two men making off with armfuls of booze from a central Wellington restaurant early this morning.

Wellington police arrested two men in relation to the burglary of a restaurant off Courtenay Place after the cleaner spotted the men leaving Blair Street with bottles of spirits.

There were signs of a forced entry in splintered wooden doors at the restaurant Big Dogs today, which two men allegedly jimmied open to take the first haul of alcohol from its bar at 12.45am.

Detective Sergeant Scott Dunn said it was thought the men left and drank the alcohol, then allegedly returned at 5.20am, broke in again, and left with dozens of bottles of spirits - except for one that they dropped on Wakefield Street.

About a dozen bottles of a variety of liquors were found to be missing from the bar, Mr Dunn said.

''They had just gone to the spirits shelf, and filled their boots, so to speak."

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The cleaner called police who arrested two Hutt Valley who were stopped at the Horokiwi BP petrol station on State Highway 2.

Police had recovered the liquor and returned it to the restaurant, Mr Dunn said.

The Hutt Valley men, aged 30 and 35, were due to appear at Wellington District Court this morning charged with two counts of burglary each.

The driver of the vehicle also faced a charge of driving with excess-breath alcohol, police said.

The Dominion Post