Burglars get away with firearms
Firearms and ammunition were stolen in the burglary of a Pleasant Point home early on Sunday.
A 12-gauge shotgun, a .22 rifle, a .223 rifle, a scope, ammunition and bolts were stolen, about 2am.
Temuka police Constable Richard Pattie is eager to locate the offenders.
"To have three firearms out there, not knowing their whereabouts or who has them, is quite a concern," he said.
"They wrenched the steel gun cabinet out of a wardrobe. It was later found on Agnew Rd in Totara Valley, but unfortunately it was empty of its contents."
He said it was unusual that the offenders would drive out to Totara Valley to dump the case.
"It seems odd. Strangers wouldn't normally drive out there, so that indicates to me that possibly offenders know the area. Possibly Agnew Rd passes through where they were heading to."
Houses in Kabul St, Runa and Kumara Tce in Pleasant Point were also burgled between over the weekend.
"Two of the addresses were ransacked and two were tidily searched with the odd thing out of place, so we're not sure if they're connected. In all cases a small amount of cash was taken as well as small electronic items," Mr Pattie said.
Some fingerprints had been left at the properties.
Police are looking for a small orange hatchback vehicle in connection with the burglaries.
Anyone with any information should contact Temuka Police on (03) 6150060.
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