Arch villain: McBurglar runs off with golden M
A brazen McBurgler has stolen the illuminated golden 'M' from Blenheim McDonald's.
Constable Andrew Holdaway, of Blenheim, said comments made by people on the Marlborough police and Marlborough Express Facebook pages identified the offender from an image from security camera footage.
The alleged culprit turned himself following the publicity, the Marlborough police said on their Facebook page today: "He told police he thought it would look good on his wall!"
The giant 'M' was stolen from the side of the McDonald's restaurant on Main St about 4am on Sunday.
The man was last seen running down the street carrying the 'M'.
A McDonald's spokeswoman said the theft was "remarkable".
While anti-social behaviour was known to happen at the 24-hour restaurant, she did not know of any other instances in New Zealand where the lit up 'M' had been pulled off the building facade.
If the 'M' had not been found, a replacement would have been ordered.
"McDonald's cannot exist without its 'M'," she said. "We're hopeful it will come back to us."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Blenheim police on 03 578 5279 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- The Marlborough Express