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Loaded firearm, silencer, stun device sized when homes searched - Murray River PD

Friday, 13 January 2023 07:45:24 AM

PLEASE NOTE: Images of the firearms seized have been uploaded to the NSW Police social media site.

One man has been charged after a loaded firearm, electronic stun device and ammunition was seized from a home near Albury earlier yesterday (Thursday 12 January 2023).

Officers attached to the Murray River Police District attended a home on Jelbart Road, Jindera, about 16km from Albury, about 2pm yesterday, as part of ongoing investigations into recent break, enter and steal offences.

Operation Scourer was formed in December 2022 by the Murray River PCT with Victoria Police’s Wodonga CIU in response to a series of commercial breaking offences where safes were targeted and stolen.

When the Jindera property was searched, police located then seized a range of unsecured ammunition, an electronic stun device, and a .22 rifle loaded with 15 rounds, allegedly concealed underneath a bed.

A further 15 firearms and an unauthorised silencer were seized when a second home was searched at a nearby address.

A 52-year-old man was arrested at the Jindera home and was taken to Albury Police Station where he’s been charged with two counts of receive property stolen outside NSW, two counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, two counts of use unauthorised firearm, possess unauthorised firearm, not keep firearm safe, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority and possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.

He’s been given conditional bail to appear in Albury Local Court on Friday 10 February 2023.

A 79-year-old man from the nearby address, has had his firearm licence suspended following the incident, with inquiries ongoing.

Inquiries are continuing by officers working under Operation Scourer.

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