Burglars steal Wellington bar's booze

Last updated 15:48 27/03/2014

Relevant offers


Man takes law into his own hands, reclaims jacket off thief On track for a good time Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown named one of world's best female mayors Job losses at Porirua Ericsson plant blamed on changing demand in NZ market Beginning of the end for Wellington's trolley buses as axe falls on Hataitai route Harvey Norman customers may seek legal action over online sales glitch New Zealand ad campaigns on the wrong side of the road Wellington rugby fans opting for coffee before beer Warm weather for lower North Island after 172kmh gusts Kiwi Englishman blames Rugby World Cup failure on team's lack of heart

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."

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.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

What should happen with the Zephyrometer?

Build a new one just like the old one

Replace it with something completely new

Leave it as it is!

Clear the space - not a good place for a sculpture

Vote Result

Related story: Wind wand's future up in the air

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content