Teen goes on alleged shoplifting spree

JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 10:41 23/08/2013

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An Australian secondary school pupil has been arrested after police recovered an ''Aladdin's cave'' of goods from an alleged $1300 shoplifting spree around Queenstown.

An 18-year-old – who attends Dickson College in Canberra – was arrested yesterday and faces at least six charges of theft.

He was part of a school winter sporting trip with 18 pupils and three teachers to Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region.

Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said an alert shop assistant spotted the teenager allegedly stealing a rugby jersey from a store yesterday.

The shop assistant followed the boy and called police, who discovered what was described as an ''Aladdin's cave'' of stolen items including clothes, jewellery, pounamu and ski goggles.

Pupils and teachers are returning to Australia today but one teacher stayed behind with the remaining teen.

He is expected to appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday.

It is not the first time school trips to Queenstown have ended in scandal.

In July 2010 16 pupils from Melbourne's exclusive Jesuit Xavier College were suspended after they spent hours trawling Queenstown shops stealing ski gear, rugby jerseys and sportswear.

The stolen goods were worth $6000 and the school expelled four pupils after an investigation.

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