Police alarmed at theft of weapons

20:40, Aug 27 2014

Firearms and ammunition were stolen when a rural Okaiawa property was burgled in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Detective Byron Reid of Taranaki CIB said a number of firearms, including a military style semi-automatic weapon, and a large quantity of ammunition were taken.

The occupants of the address were asleep at the time of the burglary and called police when they woke the next morning to find the property, including other household items, was missing.

Reid said police were worried about the whereabouts of the firearms and wanted to hear from anyone with any information about the burglary.

"Area canvasses are being completed and we are continuing to make inquiries in an effort to locate the firearms and the person or people responsible for taking them."

He said anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in and around the Okaiawa area between 2.30 or 3.30am yesterday should also contact police.

Anyone with information can contact Reid on 06 2154151 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

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