Gun haul stolen from farm shed

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THREE guns, am­mu­ni­tion and a gun belt are un­counted for, and po­lice are yet to iden­tify whose hands they have fallen into, af­ter they were stolen from a ru­ral prop­erty.

Childers Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft of the weapons from a Cordalba farm, with two ri­fles and a shot gun miss­ing.

THREE guns and am­mu­ni­tion are un­counted for, and po­lice are yet to iden­tify whose hands they have fallen into, af­ter they were stolen from a ru­ral prop­erty.

Childers Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the theft of the weapons from a Cordalba farm, with two ri­fles and a shot gun miss­ing.

Now a two-pronged in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Childers po­lice of­fi­cerin-charge Sergeant Ge­off Fay said their in­quires would fo­cus on the break-in and theft, as well as whether the weapons were stored se­curely.

Alarm­ingly, Sgt Fay said there was an un­der­ground mar­ket for weapons, with guns stolen across the state on a weekly ba­sis. He said about 12 months ago at gun pinched from Childers was found in Bris­bane as part of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into a mur­der.

Most re­cently, these three guns, a Stir­ling 22 ri­fle, Vo­ere 22 long ri­fle and Vo­ere 12 gauge shot­gun, as well as am­mu­ni­tion and a gun belt, were taken some­time be­tween 4pm Tues­day and 5pm on Wed­nes­day.

“Of­fend­ers have en­tered onto the prop­erty and gone to the open-bay farm shed and ac­cessed the gun safe, re­moved the weapons and a quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion,” Sgt Fay said.

“Po­lice are con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the of­fence it­self - we don’t have any sus­pects at this point - and also the se­cu­rity ar­range­ment the owner of the prop­erty had for his weapons - whether the safe was locked or not locked at the time.”

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