Police lay charges after firearm thefts at Rockhampton

Rockhampton detectives have charged four people following two alleged burglaries earlier this year targeting firearms on rural properties.

The arrests form part of Operation Sierra Decompress, with investigations ongoing into a number of matters relating to stolen firearms in the greater Rockhampton area over the past six months.

It is alleged that on March 19 a shed on Laurel Bank Road in Alton Downs was broken into, however no property was removed. It is further allegedly that on March 31 the same property was unlawfully entered, however on this occasion the offenders stole 17 firearms from a gun safe as well as other weapons and precious gemstones.

Detectives will also allege that in a linked incident on May 27 an attempt was made to steal a gun safe from a property on Bucholz Road at Kabra, however the offenders fled empty handed.

Ongoing investigations led to a search warrant being carried out on September 28 at a residence in Thangool.

A 39-year-old Thangool man was arrested and charged with 29 offences including unlawful supply of weapons, burglary, three counts of enter dwelling with intent as well as multiple drugs offences such as supply and trafficking.

He was remanded to reappear in Rockhampton Magistrates on December 12.

A 30-year-old Kawana man has been charged with enter dwelling with intent to steal firearms and is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on October 7.

A 46-year-old Park Avenue Man has been charged with 17 offences including enter dwelling and stole firearms as well as additional outstanding matters relating to property and drug offences.

He has been remanded to reappear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on October 7.

A 29-year-old Cawarral woman has been charged with one count of unlawful possession of a shortened firearm as well as multiple drug offences and is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on October 15.

Police continue to appeal for any public information in relation to the theft of firearms from rural properties in the Rockhampton District.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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