Thursday, 2nd October, 2014
Rifles, tasers, a pistol and ammunition found buried in the bush near Broken Hill were most likely stolen from gun owners in the city and district, police said yesterday.
Police found the weapons wrapped up and buried about a metre deep on a track off the Tibooburra road, about 30 kilometres from the city, on Monday.
Among them were six .22 calibre rifles, an air rifle, a .44 calibre revolver pistol, four hand-held tasers, and ammunition.
Only police are permitted to use tasers, which deliver a powerful electric shock to subdue violent offenders, but Detective Acting Inspector Matt McCarthy said criminals bring them in from overseas.
“The only way people can get them is to illegally import them,” he said. “They are banned under the Prohibited Weapons Act,” he said yesterday.
The discovery of the weapons cache was made as part of a long-running investigation by Broken Hill detectives into the theft of firearms from the homes of registered gun owners in Broken Hill and district.
“We have identified numerous firearms stolen in Broken Hill and surrounds and we are trying to confirm if (the weapons found) are among them or if they have been brought in,” DAI McCarthy said.
“But we suspect they might have been stolen from Broken Hill.”
The next step is to run forensic checks and to have the serial numbers and descriptions of the weapons that were found examined to see if they match the guns reported stolen.
Police are also appealing for information from the public.
They are asking for anyone with information that might help their investigation to call them on (08) 8087 0299; Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000; or the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Police also reminded people not to report crime information to the NSW Police Force’s Facebook or Twitter pages.