Winnie the Pooh a victim of sticky fingers
Three friends allegedly went on an alcohol-fuelled crime spree in the Waikato overnight, but they weren't just on the hunt for cash - they wanted a Winnie the Pooh costume too.
The group, with an obvious appetite for hair products, takeaways and unusual costumes, caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to four properties they broke into overnight, Hamilton police tactical co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Freda Grace said.
"Heaven knows what the offenders were planning to do with their loot when you consider the items recovered included a large amount of hair products, a till, soft drinks and a large Winnie-the-Pooh costume," Grace said.
The Winnie the Pooh costume was so large it had a built-in-fan in it.
Two females, aged 18 and 16, and an 18-year-old male have been arrested but not all have been interviewed by police because of their intoxication levels.
Alcohol certainly seemed to be a contributing factor, police said.
Police first learnt of the group's unusual crime spree shortly before 2am when they were alerted by security guards to problems at the Dinsdale shops in west Hamilton.
"Four businesses had been broken into which included a hair salon, costume hire shop and two takeaway stores. In addition to items taken extensive damage was caused to the buildings which it is estimated, will cost several thousand dollars to repair," Grace said.
"A responding police dog handler tracked a group back to a nearby address where under the Search and Surveillance Act, the dwelling was searched and a variety of items were recovered by the Hamilton Proactive Policing Team."
Police also got more than what they bargained for when they searched the property. A 24-year-old man with an outstanding arrest warrant was discovered at the property, but it was not believed he took part in the break-ins.
Two other people at the property were also arrested on obstruction.
The three arrested in relation to the break-ins have each been charged with four counts of burglary and would appear today in the Hamilton District Court.