Tourists ask for help after theft

01:27, Jan 28 2013
stolen van landscape
STOLEN: Westphal Constanin and Lukas Kannenderg's van disappeared from Hagley Park on Saturday.

Two German tourists are appealing for help after their van was stolen from Hagley Park.

Westphal Constanin and Lukas Kannenderg, both 20, have been travelling around New Zealand since October in a white Ford van.

On Saturday, the friends parked their van at Hagley Park and went into the city to explore.

When they returned about two hours later, the van had vanished.

"It was just gone. We had our passports and cards on us luckily, but everything else - everything we need to travel and everything we have collected on our travels - is gone," Constanin said.

"It's like our home has been robbed. We live in there."


They were "very upset" about the robbery and were appealing to the public for to help.

They were staying at a friend's flat for a few days, but had planned to continue travelling around the South Island in the van.

"We wanted to keep travelling for a while longer, but now we can't. We need help. I don't know what we will do," Constanin said.

The van is a white Ford, registration SE9857, with a black stripe.

Anyone who has any information on the van is asked to call the Christchurch police on 363 7400.

The Press