Stolen guns on our streets

THE theft of six firearms from a Yeppoon home has sparked fears they could be used to commit other crimes.

Police said a Norica rifle, IMI shotgun, Husqvarna rifle, Shanghai rifle, CBC shotgun and Winchester rifle were taken from a metal cabinet gun safe at an Adelaide Park Road home between 8am and 3pm on Wednesday.

No ammunition or other property was taken.

Regional Crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Mick Niland said Yeppoon detectives were taking the break-and-enter and theft seriously.

Scenes of Crimes officers visited the house yesterday to conduct further investigations.

"There is always a concern when guns are taken that they will be used in another crime,'' he said.

"This is an unusual situation. "It's not every day that six firearms are taken.

"We are treating this very seriously.'' It is believed the victim of the break-and-enter is a rural property owner as Field and Game Capricornia Branch and the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, when contacted, said they did not have a member living at an Adelaide Park Road address.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800?333?000 or Yeppoon police Crimminal Investigation Branch on 4939?1400 or 4939?5107.



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