Weapons stolen from Picton shop

Police are investigating the burglary of two swords and two knives from a Picton shop.

A door panel was smashed at second-hand shop 2nd Time Around overnight on Monday.

2nd Time Around manager Maurice Burgess said nothing else had been taken. He believed the weapons had been targeted.

"It's obviously just somebody that likes knives," he said. "I'm disappointed. Picton's generally a very good place."

The two swords were valued at $350 and $250 each, while the two Ghurka khukri knives, similar in shape to a machete, were valued at about $350 each.

The knives, which were used as both a tool and a weapon in Nepal and neighbouring countries of South Asia, were replaceable, Burgess said.

Sergeant Kris Payne said the shop was closed on Tuesday while police conducted a forensic investigation, taking fingerprints and lifting DNA samples.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Picton police on 03-520 3120.

The Marlborough Express