THE victim of a Naringal farm burglary in which a gun was stolen has been charged with failing to secure his firearm correctly.
Victoria Police south-west firearms officer Senior Constable Mick Gloury said charging the 64-year-old man with failing to store his firearm in a secure manner was a lesson to all firearms owners.
“You can be the victim of a burglary and have your firearms stolen, but if those firearms have been incorrectly stored you will be charged,” Senior Constable Gloury said.
“Firearm owners must fulfill their responsibilities under the Firearms Act. The Naringal man will now face the Warrnambool Magistrates Court at a later date.”
Senior Constable Gloury said the Naringal farmer had been the victim of a burglary between the start of August and the end of September, when a firearm was stolen from a shed.
“Police then located the firearm when members executed a search warrant in Geelong on September 25.”
Geelong police contacted the man, requested he check the location of his firearm and it was then confirmed the gun had been stolen,” he said.
“The message we’re trying to get across loud and clear to firearm owners is that even if you are the victim of a burglary, that if your gun is not secured correctly you will face prosecution,” he said.