Midvale firearm charges: late-night arrest yields sawn-off rifle

Midvale firearm charges: late-night arrest yields sawn-off rifle

A BELLEVUE man has been charged with firearm offences after allegedly throwing a bag containing a sawn-off rifle from a vehicle.

About 11.30pm on Monday police were conducting patrols in the Midvale industrial area.

Officers saw a Holden Maloo ute stop on Great Eastern Highway.

The occupants of the car threw a bag from the vehicle, over a fence and into a property.

Police stopped the car and located the bag, which allegedly contained a sawn-off bolt-action rifle that had a round in the chamber.

In the ute police found two replica/toy pistols, an extendable baton, handcuffs and a balaclava.

A 26-year-old Bellevue man has been charged with two counts of firearm possession, one count of altering a firearm from the characteristics of its original manufacture, and one count of failing to ensure safe-keeping of a firearm and ammunition.

He is due to appear in Midland Magistrates Court on June 7.

A 27-year-old Bellevue man will also be summonsed to appear in court at a later date on the likely offence of possessing a prohibited weapon.