Concern over stolen firearms

Police are concerned firearms recently stolen from a Dunedin property may end up in the wrong hands.

Senior Sergeant Ben Butterfield, of Dunedin, said five firearms were taken from a property in Halfway Bush sometime between December 7 and 11.

In addition to the two shotguns, two .22 rifles, and one bolt action hunting rifle, several power tools, a Playstation 4 games console, laptop and DVDs were taken from the address.

It did not appear to be targeted and was more likely an opportunistic theft, Snr Sgt Butterfield said.

However, police were following all lines of inquiry.

It was likely someone in the community would know something about where the firearms were.

''That's a large amount of property for someone to come into possession of, so someone must know something,'' Snr Sgt Butterfield said.

He urged anyone with any information to contact Dunedin police or to report anonymously to Crimestoppers.

''It's obviously concerning that these firearms have been taken and may fall into the hands of people who shouldn't have firearms.''

Snr Sgt Butterfield said the firearms were secured and believed police were happy with the way they had been stored.

Dunedin police (03) 03 471-4800 or Crimestoppers 0800 555-111.

samuel.white@odt.co.nz

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