A Dickson College student has been arrested in New Zealand after police recovered an “Aladdin’s cave” of goods from an alleged $1300 shoplifting spree around Queenstown.
The 18-year-old was arrested on Thursday and faces at least six charges of theft according to a report in The Southland Times.
He was part of a school winter sporting trip with 18 pupils and three teachers to Queenstown and the Southern Lakes region.
Senior Constable Chris Blackford said a shop assistant spotted the teenager allegedly stealing a rugby jersey from a store on Thursday.
The shop assistant followed the boy and called police, who discovered what was described as an “Aladdin’s cave” of stolen items including clothes, jewellery and ski goggles.
Pupils and teachers are expected to return to Canberra on Friday.
One teacher has stayed behind with the teen.
He is expected to appear in Queenstown District Court on Monday.
“The school is supporting the student involved in this matter,” School Network Leader Steve Kyburz told The Canberra Times.
“The matter is being investigated by New Zealand police and is subject to court proceedings. It would there be inappropriate for the College to comment further at the time on the details of the incident.”
It's not the first time an Australian school trip to Queenstown has ended in scandal.
In July 2010, 16 pupils from Melbourne's exclusive Jesuit Xavier College were suspended after they spent hours trawling Queenstown shops stealing ski gear, rugby jerseys and sportswear.
The stolen goods were worth $6000 and the school expelled four pupils after an investigation.
This article originally appeared in The Southland Times.