Nine firearms in wrong hands after alarming Valley break-in
GUNS and a car were stolen from a Pioneer Valley property overnight Tuesday in a bold break-in that has police warning rural residents not to be complacent.
A gun safe containing two shotguns and seven rifles was taken along with a Commodore sedan (708 JXC) after thieves got into a house through an unlocked garage door, took keys and used a Hilux ute to ram a shed.
The owners of the Benholm property told police they were "shocked” someone had broken in while they were sleeping Tuesday night.
Mackay Country Patrol Inspector Steve O'Connell saidit was not common for firearms to be stolen from rural properties and that this was an "isolated incident”.
However, on December 13 two guns and a replica handgun were taken from a property in Mia Mia. The weapons and the offender are yet to be located.
In mid-December, while firearms weren't stolen, a long list of items was taken from a 250 acre property at Septimus. Police said during the burglary, electricity was turned off and a CCTV system interfered with.
Insp O'Connell said people living away from town needed to lock up and make sure weapons were secured properly.
"Don't be complacent living in a rural area,” he warned.
Mackay councillor Laurence Bonaventura has never recovered two rifles stolen in January 2013.
In the past year Cr Bonaventura said he had noticed more and more residents implementing security measures at their properties and said the fact rural residents were more "security conscious” indicated they were more concerned.