Thieves used a mining pickaxe to prise open a private gun safe and steal five firearms including a semi-automatic shotgun.
Residents returned to their rural Pukemiro home, west of Huntly, at 11pm yesterday to find someone had broken in.
Among items taken were five firearms and some ammunition, Andrew McAlley, of the Waikato police, said.
"The firearms had been secured in a safe, however the offenders have used a mine pick to gain entry to the safe."
They took a black semi-automatic shotgun; a bolt-action Norinco rifle, a Savage model 110 bolt-action rifle, a Remington model 700 vss bolt-action rifle, and a Henry "Yellow Boy" lever-action .22 calibre rifle.
McAlley said gun owners should always be conscious of items lying around in houses that weren't secured and could be used to break into safe.
The pickaxe used had been on the property and was not brought in.
McAlley also said police recommended using steel gun safes as opposed to wooden ones as they were more secure and the two prices were now on par.
- Waikato Times