Arrest after brazen museum theft in Arrowtown

The woman who stole an art work in a brazen theft from the Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown was arrested last night in Te Anau.

Queenstown police said the English tourist, who was travelling on a bus trip, had "paid reparation" over the theft of the $625 work and will leave the country tomorrow.

The woman examined several of the pieces on display before lifting Mrs Naylor's piece from the wall.

The case had widespread coverage after police released CCTV footage of the woman stealing Alison Naylor's one-off, handmade piece.

The cameras showed her touching several of the pieces on display before lifting Mrs Naylor's piece from the wall.

She then rolled it up and put it in her bag before casually leaving the museum through the front doors.

CCTV footage tracked her walking down Buckingham St towards the Jade and Opal Centre.

- Otago Daily Times

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