Dunedin Police arrest two men on firearms charges

Arrests were made after a vehicle search on on Wednesday night
Arrests were made after a vehicle search on on Wednesday night

Dunedin Police have arrested a 56-year-old man and a 57-year-old man on firearms charges.

The arrests resulted from searches of a vehicle and an address on the outskirts of Dunedin on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The searches were conducted after an enquiry into the burglary of a Dunedin address on 25 October where a large number of firearms and ammunition were stolen.

Both men have been charged with unlawful possession of a pistol, three charges of unlawful possession of military style firearms and one charge of receiving stolen firearms.

Dunedin Police arrest two men on firearms charges

One of the pistols seized by police (supplied) 

Police also seized a large amount of ammunition. Further charges are likely.

Both men live out of the Dunedin area and are affiliated to gangs, causing police to believe the firearms had been stolen to be sold on to the criminal fraternity.

Enquiries into the burglary are ongoing and Police encourage anyone who may have any information to share in relation to the matter to contact Dunedin Police on 03 471 4800.

Information can also be shared anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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