Burglar takes underwear

Queenstown police want help identifying a burglar who twice targeted an Arrowtown home to steal women's underwear.

Detective sergeant Brian Cameron said the first incident was reported in April, when women's undergarments were taken from a washing line at the back of a Hertford St house during the Easter weekend.

A dog collar and chain were also stolen.

Police were called back to the house last weekend after a burglar entered the kitchen and stole more women's clothing, including undergarments.

Police were concerned the victim was deliberately targeted and the offending had escalated from targeting of a washing line to entry into her home, Mr Cameron said.

He called on the Arrowtown community to be vigilant and while the incidents happened at the end of school terms police were not prepared to speculate whether this was a coincidence.

"There are elements to these crimes which are very disturbing not only to the victim but also for the wider Arrowtown community.

''At this time there appears to be no particular reason why the victim has been singled out and it may be there are other similar incidents that have occurred but gone unreported.''

He expected the wider community was concerned and people should keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour.

Anyone with information can contact Queenstown police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Southland Times