Police nab suspected gun thief

Police dust for fingerprints after nabbing a suspected gun thief.

Police dust for fingerprints after nabbing a suspected gun thief.

COLAC police have nabbed an alleged gun thief and recovered the firearms after a burglary this week.

Detective Mick Palmer of Colac Criminal Investigation Unit said a 35-year-old man was in custody facing charges over two burglaries.

Det Palmer said the offender allegedly broke into a shed in Colac’s Wilson Street, forced open a gun cabinet and stole three firearms.

“At the time the owner disturbed the offenders, and the offender was able to decamp,” he said.

“Later in the day, an offender got into a room at the Union Hotel, where he stole personal belongings of the occupant who had rented the room.”

Det Potter said police were investigating whether the man also rifled through the victim’s car, parked in the Union Hotel’s car park.

“Police later executed a warrant at premises in Stoddart Street and Christie Street and police recovered the firearms, the property from the Union Hotel as well as other property including items that were stolen from the Christian Church,” he said.

“As a result of the search warrant police also arrested a 36-year-old Colac man, the 35-year-old man has been charged in relation to two burglaries and other matters.”

“We’re happy that we’ve been able to recover them in such a short space of time,” Det Palmer said of recovering the guns.

The 35-year-old offender is in custody awaiting his court date at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on March 31, while the other man, 36, is facing a handling stolen goods charge and will front court on April 28.

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