12 firearms missing after thefts
TWELVE firearms are now outstanding in the Coffs/Clarence area, with five stolen from a Yamba property this week adding to seven taken from a gun safe during a break and enter at The Pinnacles less than two weeks ago.
Police are appealing for information in relation to the latest offence, in which a man was seen running from a home on Oyster Channel Road, Yamba about 6.30pm on Monday, before he sped away in a white Volkswagen bearing Queensland plates.
Neighbours were aware the property owners were away and therefore attended the house immediately, and found it had been ransacked.
They contacted police, who attended a short time later.
During a subsequent search of the home, Coffs/Clarence police from discovered a safe had been forced open and five firearms had been stolen.
A crime scene was established and will be examined by forensic specialists.
The man seen at the home has only been described as being of Caucasian appearance and about 35-40 years of age.
Detectives are also investigating the possibility the incident may have been linked to two other break and enters on February 25, one of which was at The Pinnacles property on Coaldale Rd.
Jewellery, electronic items and seven firearms were stolen from that semi-rural property, while cash, jewellery, alcohol, electronic items and clothing were stolen from a house on Lawrence Rd, Southgate the same day.
Anyone who may have witnessed the man at the Yamba home, and has not yet spoken to police, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.