Clutha arsons and youth crime
In addition to the Balclutha showgrounds stable fire on Monday, police have been investigating another suspected arson at the Crescent Rugby Club, Kaitangata.
Senior constable Tanya Grant said sometime between November 5-11, part of the grandstand was set alight. Offenders broke wooden seats and used them to light a fire.
A small blaze appeared to have developed, with the culprits throwing the burnt timber out onto the grass below the stand. Inquiries were continuing into both fires.
In Balclutha, in late September-early October, police apprehended a group of youths who had since admitted to stealing keys and an assortment of other items from unlocked vehicles and properties all over town, Grant said.
‘‘We know that a lot of the offences have not been reported to police and there have also been items recovered, which we have been unable to return to their rightful owners. Most of the recovered items were sets of keys or other small items.’’
People who had property stolen during this time but did not report it or thought they had just mislaid items that could have been taken from their unlocked vehicles, should contact the police, who may have some of these items stored at the Balclutha station.
At Te Houka near Balclutha, a new black wheelbarrow with silver handles was taken from the carport of a Clutha Downs Rd property, between October 30 and November 6.
At Milton, over the weekend of November 3-6, the old Woollen mill was entered, after the offenders gained access by breaking boards that covered broken windows. Engineering and electrical work shops were entered but nothing taken, Grant said. However, more windows were smashed during the entry. The building is currently used by a variety of occupants.
On November 7, a 70-year-old Balclutha man was picked-up for driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 1064mcg per litre of breath. He was forbidden to drive because of the high level of alcohol in his system. Less than 24 hours later, the man was picked up again, and recorded a reading of more than 1000mcg.
He will be appearing at Dunedin District Court on both charges, and a further charge of driving with a suspended licence.
A stable block destroyed in a suspicious fire at Balclutha being demolished.