Geocache tin disappears from Book Swap Fridge in Spring Creek
A little library set up in a fridge to help a community share books has been targeted by thieves.
The Book Swap Fridge in Spring Creek, just north of Blenheim, doubles as a location for geocache items in the worldwide treasure hunting game.
Library co-founder Melissa Haylock says an old ammunition tin used to hold tags for the game has gone missing.
The tin was tucked behind the bright blue library and looks to have been deliberately taken, Melissa says.
It is hurtful that someone chose to steal an item from the neighbourhood initiative, she says.
"In this tin was a bag of items with trackable tags, which have travelled the world visiting cool geocaches. I really can't see any of the geocache community being behind this.
"The tin isn't worth a lot of money but it's the principle involved. We tried to do something positive for the community and for someone to come and do this ruins it a bit."
"Luckily, the bag has been left behind, but we would like to get the tin back."
Melissa thinks the tin disappeared on Wednesday.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices.
Players navigate to a specific set of GPS co-ordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
There are hundreds of mystery boxes deposited around Marlborough and more than 2.5 million hidden internationally.
Melissa says her husband Garth, who helped come up with the tiny library idea, is a fan of the game and had tucked the tin behind the fridge.
The pair donated both time and money to set up the tiny library in March.
"Up until now, everyone's been really respectful and I'm quite disgusted someone would do this," Melissa says.
She is appealing for whoever took the tin to return it, no questions asked.
- The Marlborough Express