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Stolen weapon poses danger

Friday, 21st March, 2014

Archer Shaun Bedford had his compound hunting bow and accessories stolen from the back of his ute on Tuesday night. Archer Shaun Bedford had his compound hunting bow and accessories stolen from the back of his ute on Tuesday night.

By Nick Gibbs

A high-powered hunting bow stolen from the back of a ute this week could do some “serious damage” in the wrong hands, its owner said yesterday.

Silver City Archer Shaun Bedford told the BDT he was attending the club’s regular Tuesday night meeting at the Italo Bocce Complex when the alleged theft took place.

“The tailgate was up and the lid was down,” Mr Bedford said. “I wouldn’t have been more than 30 metres away from my car when it happened.”

The bow and accessories are valued at about $2000.

The thief or thieves struck between 8pm and 8.30pm when there were between 12 to 15 people at the complex.

“No one saw anything,” Mr Bedford said. “I was in and out getting gear from the car. Someone may have been watching.”

The highly-customised bow is designed for experienced archers.

“With that bow and how I’ve got it set up, it could do some serious damage,” Mr Bedford said. “The arrow can go through a sheet of iron, no worries.”

The equipment is also capable of causing harm to someone unfamiliar with the sport.

“If they didn’t know how to draw it correctly, it could blow up in their face,”  Mr Bedford said who is not holding out much hope for its recovery.

“Not unless they do something and get caught with it. As far as I know there are no other bows like it in town.”

Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg encouraged anybody with any information to come forward.

“It’s very concerning that something so dangerous is out in the community,” he said. “Police are very keen to speak to people with information in relation to the incident.”

DI Stoltenberg said ute owners should also be mindful of what they leave in their trays.

Anybody with information is urged to contact police on 8087 0299.

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