December 11, 2015 12:30pm
‘TIS the season to be jolly, but one man has taken his search for Christmas cheer a step too far at an iconic pub.
Police caught a 34-year-old man hiding from officers behind a Christmas tree after he smashed a glass window at the Todd Tavern in Alice Springs.
It was alleged he climbed through the broken window and smashed the glass doors of a fridge to steal a carton of beer. A Todd Tavern employee told the NT News the noise from the glass breaking woke the duty manager, who called police about 4.30am.
Alice Springs Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Malley said police arrived and found the drunk man trying to hide next to a jukebox and behind a Christmas tree.
“The offender may have been looking for presents, but in reality what he is going to get for Christmas is not under this tree, but in jail,” he said.
“The offender allegedly entered the venue, smashed the bar fridge and stole a carton of beer, causing substantial damage to the property.
“It is also a timely reminder that not all visitors over Christmas are welcome.”
Snr-Sgt Malley said the man was wanted in relation to a number of other break-ins.
The man was charged with seven counts of unlawful entry and damage to property, four counts of stealing and one of trespass. He was remanded in custody and was due to appear in Alice Springs Magistrates Court yesterday.
The employee said despite the smashed window and the damaged fridge doors, it was business as usual at the Todd St pub. Snr-Sgt Malley said businesses and residents should ensure their doors and cars were locked even when at home.
He also urged to secure their our valuables and to not leave wallet and keys where they could be easily found.
“If you are going away for the holidays, you can register your property with the Neighbourhood Watch NT Absentee Owner Advice form at the Alice Springs police station.”