What exactly does a suburban home in Bucklands Beach need with a massive gun cache and 5,000 rounds of ammunition?
The burglary comes on the eve of Operation Unification*, an Australasian-wide two-week campaign aimed at encouraging the public to report those who hold firearms illegally.
Would you feel safe knowing a. your neighbour was legally tooled-up so close to a primary school, b. his stash was so insecure and c. someone nicked it all with impunity during ‘broad daylight’?
Here’s the haul stolen yesterday : (Source) Note, Waller Avenue is on the corner with Bucklands Beach Primary School.
“Police say the burglars broke into the home, on Waller Avenue, some time between 9am and 5pm through the rear ranch slider (ed. patio door).
They loaded what is thought to be a white truck with more than 15 firearms, including:
•Caesar Guerini” (brand)
• 1 x Forum 12 guage field gun
• 1 x Forum 12 guage sporter impact
• 1 x Elipse Evo 20 guage field gun and another 28 guage barrel
• 4 x semi automatic shotguns
• “Browning” (brand)
• 2 x 12 guage, 2 shot semi automatic (1966)• 1 x Berretta .22 rifle semi automatic (1966)
• 1 x Browning 20 guage semi automatic 5 shot shotgun
• 1 x Winchester Martini Actim .22 collection gun
• 1 x Remington 30/30 lever action collectors gun
• 1 x Remington 1187 Camo 12 guage semi automatic shotgun
• 1 x Parkerdale Safari 30-06 rifle
The suspects also took 5000 rounds of shotgun ammunition, and left behind a crow-bar and trolley jack.
A police spokeswoman said the owner of the guns and property had all the right firearms licences and security mechanisms — including safe storage — in his home.
“Everything that should have been in place, was in place. The firearms were legally within that property.”
She added that the owner was not under investigation.
It was possible that the firearms could be sold on the black market.
“There are so many different avenues, many different options, and we’re working through those at the moment.”
A number plate, EAL626, was located at the top of the driveway. It appeared to have been ripped off a vehicle. This plate was cancelled on December 28, 2013.”
Update 19 June 2014
Police are warning firearms owners to keep their guns locked away after two guns were stolen from a Dargaville address on 16 June.
About 2.30pm the owner of the property returned home to find that his house had been broken into and two guns and some jewellery had been stolen.
The guns, which are described as a 12 gauge shot gun with 30 inch blue barrel and a camouflage semi automatic a 12 gauge shot gun, had not been locked away.
Northland Police Operations Manager Inspector Marty Ruth says firearms owners must lock their guns away as required by the law.
“Firearms that aren’t safely stored are at risk of falling into the hands of criminals.”
Yesterday an Australasian wide two-week campaign, aimed at encouraging the public to report firearms in the possession of unlicensed holders, began.
…Mr Ruth says the Dargaville burglary is a timely reminder to keep guns safe from burglars.
“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 says anyone who possesses firearms is required by law to hold a licence, so if people know anyone who holds weapons without a licence then they should report it…” more here
Napier Siege gunman was licenced
The Bucklands Beach arsenal is three weapons less than that collected by ‘Napier siege‘ gunman Jan Molenaar. That included include two short-barrelled pump-action shotguns, two semi-automatic rifles and a revolver.
“Molenaar had held general and collector’s firearms licences but he was one of the 50,000 whose licences expired in 2002, 10 years after the government got rid of lifetime licences in favour of a 10-year renewable system.”
“Applicants for a standard licence must be at least 18 years old and provide two references. Those applying for further endorsements allowing them to own military-style semi-automatic rifles or pistols require two further references. The process must be repeated every 10 years. source
At at conservative estimate there are about 1.1 million firearms in legal ownership in New Zealand. Today there are a few less. NZ police estimate that 950 firearms are stolen every year.
* Operation Unification opened in Tasmania where only 179 firearms had been stolen this financial year. Read more http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tasmania-police-officers-aim-to-recover-states-stolen-firearms-as-part-of-operation-unification/story-fnj4f7k1-1226882038131