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Thieves make off with cars boat and guns

FOUR guns, two cars, a boat and some fishing gear were stolen from the Yamba industrial area last week in a raid that has police looking for two or more thieves more than likely based in the Byron/Tweed area.

Detective senior constable Matt Sippel said he was hoping the public could help identify the whereabouts of at least some of the items stolen including a “candy apple-coloured” Holden Monaro HZ and a six-metre Seafarer boat named Revenge.

The incidents began in the early hours of Monday, August 3 when, under the cover of night, thieves broke into a mechanic outlet in Deering Street but took nothing.

But the burglars hit paydirt when they broke into a work shed in Woolwich Street and discov- ered a fully restored vintage Holden Monaro which they broke into and drove from the scene.

Around the Corner in Uki Street, the brazen crims smashed open a storage shed where they found a $20,000 boat, fishing gear and four firearms, including two double-barrel shotguns, a .32 calibre Winchester rifle and a .22 Slazenger rifle, police said.

A block away from the industrial area in Freeburn Street, the thieves then stole a white 1992 model Holden Commodore which may have been used to tow the boat, Detective Sippel said.

He said the Monaro had a very loud motor which should have been heard by residents.

“We believe the cars were driven away from Yamba and headed north to the Byron Bay and Tweed Heads areas - we have a couple of possible sightings in those areas,” he said.

“Police treat any break-and-enter as seri- ous, but when firearms are involved our investigations take on a new urgency.

“We are urging members of the public to come forward with any information relating to the break-ins, the car thefts or the where- abouts of the stolen items.”

The public can call information through to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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