Building materials recovered following search

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A Wanaka man faces multiple burglary charges following the execution of a search warrant at Wanaka building site.

The 22-year-old has been charged in relation to two building-site burglaries and two commercial storage-yard burglaries in the Queenstown and Wanaka area, and is likely to face further charges.

He will be appearing in the Queenstown District Court on Monday 15 October.

Sergeant Miriam Reddington says the charges are in relation to a number of burglaries which took place over the last three months.

“Several thousand dollars’ worth of building supplies and equipment was stolen.”

Miriam says the search allowed police to recover a 'substantial' amount of timber, scaffolding and a large amount of other building material and builders’ tools.

“Other equipment recently recovered includes: a container that was filled with builders’ equipment and machinery; a Hyundai digger and two trailers; as well as drop saws, generators, nail guns, scaffolding, a vast array of power tools, wooden boxing and general building equipment.

 Police would now like to return the materials and tools to their rightful owners, says Miriam.

“Police would like to hear from tradespeople and building retailers who may have lost building equipment or supplies over the last several months.

“The seized items will be held at the Wanaka Police station and can be inspected there upon arrangement – phone the station on (03) 443 7272.”

Miriam says the burglaries are a reminder to remain vigilant.

“We encourage tradespeople to secure all equipment at night, record the serial numbers of tools, and engrave their equipment with identifying marks.

“You can photograph and register the details and serial numbers of your important items at

"If you see a crime taking place call 111 immediately, and report any suspicious activity to Police.”