Police hunt sweet-toothed shoplifters

JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 15:03 12/02/2014

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Police have identified a group of alleged sweet-toothed Aussie shoplifters on a school trip to Queenstown.

Senior constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said an officer spoke to the principal of an upmarket Adelaide college on Tuesday.

There was no formal action taken but the principal expressed unhappiness at the behaviour of some students, he said.

The school was not identified.

Police say $40 of sweets were pocketed from The Remarkable Sweet Shop in Beach St on January 21.

It is not the first time a school trip from Australia has landed in trouble.

In August, Reuben William Wikitera, 18, of Canberra, was fined $1700 by Judge Kevin Phillips in the Queenstown District Court for six counts of theft involving clothing, jewellery, greenstone and ski goggles valued at more than $1600 between August 18 and August 22.

The Dickson College pupil was part of a school trip with 18 pupils and three teachers to Queenstown and the Southern Lakes.

A shop assistant spotted the teenager stealing a rugby jersey from a store, followed him and called police, who discovered what was described as an "Aladdin's cave" of stolen goods.

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 students after an investigation.

Queenstown police have posted CCTV footage of the alleged theft at 9.40pm and have urged anyone who recognises the young men to contact the station.

 

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