Stuntman recovers his burgled property
A Wanaka stuntman's determination to find his stolen possessions has seen him recover more than $10,000 of property taken from his Cardrona Adventure Park workshop last month.
Ian Soanes, well-known for his V monster truck television advertisements and wheeling on a motorcycle down Baldwin St in Dunedin, had been on a mission to find property, worth between $10,000 and $15,000, stolen from his workshop in Cardrona on May 27.
Tools, a custom-made trailer and modified Suzuki RMX 2-stroke motorcycle as well as a welder, drop saw, grinder, water blaster and four car batteries were taken during the break-in.
Mr Soanes, who was not insured, drove around every day interviewing people in a bid to find his property as he was unable to run his business without his tools.
"He (the burglar) nearly folded my business," he said.
On Wednesday Mr Soanes decided to drop in to see a business associate in Alexandra and was shocked to find his partly dismantled trailer in the man's yard.
Police were called and after executing a search warrant in an industrial lockup on Boundary Rd they recovered most of Mr Soanes' stolen property.
"I'm devastated it was someone I knew. That's the worst part," Mr Soanes said.
The culprit had visited Mr Soanes the day after the burglary and had said that whoever stole the property was scum.
Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw, of Alexandra, said Mr Soanes worked tirelessly to find his property and had done well to persist and get the result he did.
A 24-year-old Alexandra scrap metal dealer was expected to appear in Alexandra District Court on July 27 to face a charge of burglary.
The Southland Times