Breakthrough in gun shop theft probe

Photo: 7News
Photo: 7News

A MAN has been charged in relation to a gun store heist in Yangebup, with police saying they have recovered just 16 of the approximately 100 firearms stolen.

The break-in occurred at Claremont Firearms on Erceg Road on November 21.

Just after 11.30pm, the owner of the store became aware of an alarm activation.

Police said a number of the stolen firearms have been recovered in bushland in Bibra Lake but the search was ongoing for the remaining stolen items.

Beeliar Regional Park yesterday. Picture: Anton La Macchia.

Police executed search warrants at residences, businesses and storage facilities in Hamilton Hill, near the gun store.

Serious and Organised Crime division Detective Inspector Peter Foley said a 27-year-old Hamilton Hill man had been charged after search warrants were conducted yesterday.

The man has since been charged with stealing a motor vehicle, criminal damage by fire, stealing and aggravated burglary and commit.

He was refused bail and is due to appear in the Fremantle Magistrates Court today.

Detective Inspector Peter Foley. Picture: Nadia Budihardjo.

Detective Foley said the recovered guns were a significant find for the investigation.

“To date we’ve seized 16 firearms from the burglary, 15 from Beeliar bushland and one from a house yesterday where we searched,” he said.

Detectives urge anyone with information regarding this burglary, or the whereabouts of the remaining stolen firearms, to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report the information online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

Callers can remain anonymous if they wish.