12 handguns stolen from Mt Hawthorn home, prompting fears from police

POLICE have expressed fears after the theft of 12 more handguns, this time from an inner-city house during the day.

“It’s of major concern for us,” Sergeant Paul Vojkovich said.

The handguns were taken from the Mt Hawthorn home of a licensed gun owner between midday and 2.50pm on Tuesday .

“It was the result of a burglary,” Sgt Vojkovich said.

In March, more than 130 handguns were taken in a night raid on a Beckenham gun shop, and the previous month police reported 77 guns had been stolen across the Great Southern since August last year.

In Mt Hawthorn, the owner had left the house for a short time.

The handguns, comprising revolvers and pistols, were secured in a firearms safe, but police do not believe any ammunition was taken.

Sgt Vojkovich said two dark-skinned men and a dark-skinned woman were seen walking along a street in the area at the time of the burglary.

However, it was unclear if they were involved in the guns’ theft.

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