A cache of stolen weapons has been discovered in a search of
a rural Waikato property overnight.
Morrinsville police Sergeant Vic Sneddon said officers
searched a Waiterimu property and recovered six firearms
including one stolen from near Whitianga earlier this month.
"That firearm was taken in a burglary of a Kaimarama address
on 17 August and we are currently working to establish the
origins and ownership of the other five guns.
"As a result of yesterday's search a man from the Waiterimu
property faces burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm
charges while a woman faces a charge of receiving stolen
Waikato district firearms officer Richard Plas said
yesterday's seizures highlighted the importance of Waikato
police's 'Lock em or Lose em' firearms security campaign
launched last month.
"Not counting last night's seizures in Hamilton alone we've
had about 24 firearms handed in or recovered from people who
no longer want the responsibility of owning firearms or have
been found not suitable to possess them.
"Other items handed in or recovered include various
quantities of ammunition, an inert grenade and various
People who inherited or owned firearms they no longer wanted
could voluntarily surrender them to the police or take them
to a licensed firearms dealer to arrange their disposal, Mr
"Safe, secure firearms use and ownership is something
encouraged by police but it comes with quite a bit of
"If you find you are no longer able to meet those
responsibilities, including safely securing firearms and
ammunition, talk to your nearest police station about options
available to you."