A SENIOR Warrnambool police officer has warned of the potential for stolen guns being used for criminal purposes after the theft of nine firearms from a Colac district property.
Detective Senior Constable Wayne Ryan, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said thieves forced open a gun safe inside a home and stole seven shotguns and two .22 calibre rifles on August 14.
The burglary happened at a property on Corangamite Road, Cororooke.
“Police are following up a number of lines of inquiry but we need information from members of the public to help make a breakthrough in this case,” Detective Senior Constable Ryan said.
“We are particularly keen to speak to the person who provided information to us after a very similar burglary at Glenormiston in June and would request that member of the public contact police again,” he said.
That break-in was committed at a property on Harringtons Road, between June 17 and 23.
Detective Senior Constable Ryan said that 11 firearms were stolen, including four shotguns, five .22 calibre rifles and two air rifles.
He said after a separate incident at Camperdown during November last year police were concerned stolen firearms could be used in crimes.
“On Sunday, November 4, last year a man was in his bungalow at the rear of a Camperdown property,” he said.
“The victim went to the door of the bungalow. He was confronted by a man wearing a balaclava who was pointing a rifle at him. The victim was then shot through the hand.”
Detective Senior Constable Ryan said there had been a large number of burglaries committed in south-west Victoria during the past three years in which firearms were stolen.
“Police are currently in the situation where we need information from members of the public to help solve these crimes. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Warrnambool police station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.