There was no indication of the method used to take the bales and there appeared to be no witnesses. Otago Lakes Central police are on the hunt for thieves who made off with 70 bales of hay worth about $350 in total.
A police media spokeswoman said the theft occurred on the corner of Partridge Rd and St Ninians Way near Hawea Flat between 8pm Sunday and 7am on Monday.
There was no indication of the method used to take the bales and there appeared to be no witnesses, she said.
“The victim has no idea how they [hay bales] were taken.”
A forensics team had been to the property and the investigation was ongoing, the spokeswoman said.
There had been no other reports of rural crime in the Queenstown Lakes District in the past week, she said.
Police encouraged people in rural areas to secure all valuable items where possible.
“You should have a detailed inventory of all personal valuables and household and business equipment, including model and serial numbers, inscriptions, and other identifying features. Clearly tag animals and keep accurate stock and produce records.”
Anyone with information should contact Wanaka police on (03) 443 7272 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
By: Rhys Chamberlain