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Concerns over guns taken during Boyne Is break-in

GLADSTONE detectives have fired a metaphoric warning shot at the local community, as bandits nabbed guns and ammunition during a burglary.

A gun safe was stolen from a Lighthouse Dr, Boyne Island home early Thursday morning and, as a result, Gladstone CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey expressed concerns that two fully functioning weapons were on the loose.

"Obviously our fear is that they're going to be used in some unlawful activity," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

"Any time firearms are stolen, it's extremely concerning,"

Thieves broke into the home between midnight and 4am Thursday, gaining entry after removing a glass pane from the front door, then removing the gun safe and its contents intact from an upstairs bedroom.

"There was also ammunition in the safe, obviously locked away in a separate compartment," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

"So the potential is that they've now got fully operable firearms out there with persons who are more than likely unregistered and obviously with the propensity for committing offences, given the fact that they've already broken in and stolen something."

The investigation indicated the offenders had prior knowledge of the whereabouts of the gun safe and its contents - a double-barrel shotgun and a Ruger centre fire .308 rifle.

"Our investigation so far would indicate that the persons had knowledge of where those firearms were located," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.

"We're currently following up on a couple of leads, but obviously are interested in speaking to anyone who has information in regards to this."

A gun dealer based in Rockhampton said the Ruger rifle could be worth about $500 second-hand, but said it was near impossible for him to put an accurate price on the shotgun.

Topics:  boyne island, burglary, firearms, gladstone crime, gladstone police




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