Re­ward for re­turn of guns

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

THE owner of a bur­gled gun store is of­fer­ing a re­ward for the re­turn of his 25 miss­ing firearms.

Six 12-gauge shot­guns, seven Tikka bolt ac­tion ri­fles with si­lencers and scopes, and eight 12-gauge Beretta semi-au­to­matic shot­guns are among what was taken when Gun City’s Auck­land shop and ware­house was bro­ken into late last Tues­day night ( Cen­tral Leader, July 5).

The break-in came just a week be­fore the shop was due to move to new premises in Pen­rose which opened yes­ter­day.

Po­lice have ex­pressed con­cern that the stolen guns may be traded among crim­i­nals and say it ap­pears the thieves knew what they were look­ing for.

Avon­dale De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant John Sut­ton says the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is mak­ing progress.

‘‘Po­lice have spo­ken to a num­ber of peo­ple but would still be keen to hear from any­one with in­for­ma­tion.’’

Gun City is a national chain of shops owned by David Tip­ple.

‘‘I’m ea­ger to see th­ese firearms back in the hands of law-abid­ing cit­i­zens im­me­di­ately and the crim­i­nals re­spon­si­ble held to ac­count.’’

Mr Tip­ple is of­fer­ing a $10,000 re­ward for any in­for­ma­tion that leads to the con­vic­tion of those in­volved and $10,000 for the re­turn of the guns in their proper con­di­tion.

Po­lice

in­ves­ti­gat­ing the break-in have said se­cu­rity at the store was ‘‘not as ro­bust as it could have been’’.

Mr Tip­ple says se­cu­rity at the new Pen­rose shop is suf­fi­cient and has been in­spected by po­lice.

Photo: IAIN MCGRE­GOR

Re­ward: Gun City di­rec­tor David Tip­ple is of­fer­ing $10,000 for the re­turn of 25 guns stolen from his Mt Roskill store and an­other $10,000 for in­for­ma­tion that leads to those be­hind the theft be­ing caught.

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