Two guns have been stolen from a Dargaville property, just
days after burglars made off with a stash of firearms from an
Gun owners are being warned to keep their firearms locked
away, following the most recent theft, which took place
The owner of the Dargaville house returned home at 2.30pm to
find the property had been broken into, and two guns and some
jewellery had been stolen.
The guns, described as a 12 gauge shotgun with 30 inch blue
barrel, and a camouflage semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun, had
not been locked away, police said.
"Firearms that aren't safely stored are at risk of falling
into the hands of criminals," Northland police operations
manager Inspector Marty Ruth said. "Firearms owners must lock
their guns away as required by the law."
The theft took place on the same day as a two-week
Australasian-wide campaign encouraging the public to report
forearms in the possession of unlicensed holders was
It is the first time New Zealand police have been involved in
Operation Unification, which has been held in Australia for
"We are concerned by the number of firearms we find when
executing search warrants and we need to get illicit firearms
out of the hands of criminals for the safety of everyone in
the community," Mr Ruth said.
He urged anyone who is aware of illegally held weapons to
The Dargaville burglary came just four days after an Auckland
gun collector had his impressive stash of weapons --
including semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and vintage guns --
stolen from his house in Bucklands Beach. The thieves also
stole about 5000 rounds of ammunition, as well as jewellery
and other items.
It is believed they may have targeted the property for the