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Fleur & # 39; s Place, an internationally renowned restaurant on the coast of Otago, is the target of brutal theft.
The police were warned on August 7 after objects were stolen from a walk-in freezer and a fish cooler outside the Moeraki restaurant.
Owner Fleur Sullivan said that a huge amount of seafood and other items were taken, including 20 buckets of sheep or tītī and about 70 kilos of whitebait.
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Sullivan said that each bucket of tītī cost $ 350. She said she had been shocked by the burglary – the first she'd seen since the opening of the restaurant in 2002 – and worried about the fate of such special foods.
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"I wake up in the early hours of the morning with the thought" who has my food? "
"It's not like it's gone to the city's mission, that's what really shakes me, it's treated with respect – it's just wrong to do this.
Sullivan speculated that the food would be sold for drugs, and said that no one who bought it could do so with a clear conscience.
"It's really bad, bad karma to do that. Nobody can sit there and eat a tītī in the knowledge that it's been stolen."
Sullivan had offered a $ 5,000 reward for all information that led to the arrest of the criminal, or criminals, behind the burglary.
The hospitality icon also thought about installing security lights and cameras – something that is at odds with the understated charm of the small fishing village.
"We have a good time in Moeraki, we work hard and there is a way in and out and we really live in a goldfish bowl around the bay."
Constable Nathan Bobette, from the Palmerston police, said that a search warrant had been executed with regard to the burglary.
"At this stage no arrests have been made and unfortunately we have followed all current lines of research," he said.
Bobette encouraged everyone with information that could help with calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.