Drunken teens' revelling caught on camera

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2013

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Queenstown police are investigating after a group of drunken teens were caught on camera gallivanting at a holiday home, smashing bottles and urinating in pot plants.

Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown, said a group of Wakatipu High School pupils were celebrating the end of exams with a party on Friday, November 22.

The party, held at a Crown Range residence where one of the pupils lived, spilled on to a nearby address when the teens noticed the neighbour's spa, Mr Watt said.

The property was an "exclusive" holiday home with an overseas owner, so police were not notified until a week after the incident.

When the property's caretaker spotted broken bottles in the yard, he grew suspicious and trawled through hours of security camera footage to find the offenders on tape.

The video showed the teenagers "gallivanting in the spa", drinking copious amounts of alcohol, smashing bottles and urinating through the yard and in pot plants, Mr Watt said.

The party-goers had taken care to conceal their actions, returning the cover to the spa and taking their belongings with them, he said.

Police had used the security camera footage and photos posted on Facebook by one of the offenders to identify all 14 teenagers involved, and were now investigating.

The owner of the property was devastated that his holiday retreat had been desecrated by the group, and could not understand the "clearly arrogant and senseless nature" of their actions, Mr Watt said.

Although the teens did not enter the house on the property, he believed they were likely to face charges of being unlawfully on a property, which carried a maximum penalty of three months' imprisonment or a $2000 fine.

Police had also been in contact with Wakatipu High School principal Steve Hall.

Yesterday, Mr Hall and board of trustees chairman Alistair Nicholson released a statement about the incident.

"We are very concerned to hear of this incident, which does appear to involve senior WHS students who had finished school for the year.

"As the matter is under investigation it is not appropriate for us to comment at this time, however we support the investigation and will assist if we are able."

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