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Police investigate two firearms burglaries

Police investigate two firearms burglaries in rural South Canterbury

Canterbury Police are investigating two burglaries where firearms have been stolen from the Geraldine and Temuka area in the last few months.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Quested says “A defective firearm and fishing gear was stolen from a residential property in Geraldine between 6 August 2015 and 6 October 2015. The other burglary is reported to have occurred between 17 September 2015 and 10 October 2015 in the Temuka area where a number of firearms, ammunition, a paintball gun and scuba diving gear were stolen.”

“Police urge anyone who has been offered or purchased any of these items to contact Police straight away. The firearm taken from Geraldine is understood to be defective and if used could result in the person holding the firearm to be seriously or fatally injured.”

“Firearms are extremely dangerous in the wrong hands or when used by people who are not experienced in the correct safety procedures.

There are strict rules around their sale and purchase. When purchasing a firearm you are required to present your firearms licence to the seller and it is the sellers responsibility to ensure that the purchaser holds a valid firearms licence. If purchasing online contact your local Police Station and they will provide you with and authorise the form that needs to be completed in order for the purchase to proceed.”

“These burglaries are a timely reminder of the need to be vigilant and ensure all firearms and ammunition are stored securely and in accordance with the firearms code. The consequences of breaching any of the regulations in the Arms Act 1983 may include the revocation of firearms licences and forfeiture of any firearms” explained Acting Senior Sergeant Quested.

Anyone with any information should contact Timaru Police Station on 03 6879 808.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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