A group of male strippers shed more than they bargained for when they were burgled after a performance in Christchurch on Friday night.
The five-man UK group Gentlemen Prestige Male Cabaret performed their R18-rated cabaret show at The Halo Bar and Lounge as part of a two-month tour of New Zealand and Australia.
But after returning to the Aalton Motel on Riccarton Road and going to sleep in the early hours of Saturday, the group was stripped of a laptop, iPad, cash, an iWatch and some designer clothes.
According to performer Callum Harper, the four men in the room at the time heard noises but presumed it was the fifth member of the group returning from a late-night sojourn.
“We heard a bit of rustling about the room and thought he’d come back, but some fella had broke in and stolen our stuff and left,” he said (stuff.co.nz).
A police spokeswoman confirmed officers had received a report of a burglary at one of the rooms at the motel between 3am and 7.30am on Saturday.
CCTV footage allegedly showed a man try and open several doors at the motel before breaking into the group’s room.
Harper said while the burglary had put a dampener on the mood of the group, the show would go on, with performances scheduled at venues across the north island over the next two weeks.
Billed as the ultimate ladies’ night out, it features “an action-packed night full of music, muscle, magic and mayhem” with “characters and costumes that women fantasise about, stunning men and high energy dance routines that will leave you breathless”.
The owner of the motel expressed regret at the robbery, saying the venue took guests’ welfare and security very seriously.
He said the cabaret group had left the door unlocked with the chain on, allowing the thief a chance to break in. Police investigations are continuing.