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After theft from police station, 8 firearms found – but 3 are still missing

News from NZ Police
Eight firearms have been recovered by police following the burglary at the Palmerston North police station on Thursday. The eight firearms were found in Palmerston North today as part of the investigation into the burglary.

Locating the three remaining firearms which are still unaccounted for continues to be a high priority for Central District police.

Of the 11 firearms taken in the burglary, one was unlawful under the new Government legislation. This weapon is among the eight which have been recovered today. The remaining firearms were older guns and a BB gun which were not covered under the new legislation but were awaiting destruction, or were being held as exhibits.

Acting Central District Commander Inspector Sarah Stewart says police are very focused on securing the remaining three firearms.

“We continue to appeal for anyone with information to contact us. You can speak to Palmerston North police directly on 0800 351 3600 or you can provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The investigation team has worked tirelessly throughout the weekend and they will continue to do so.”

A 38-year-old man appeared in the Palmerston North District Court yesterday charged with burglary and was remanded in custody until 21 May.

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Wellington.Scoop – April 27
Police have arrested Alan James Harris, the man who was being sought after the theft of eleven firearms from the Palmerston North police station. But the guns haven’t yet been found.

“Harris was arrested without incident in Palmerston North in the early hours of Saturday morning,” police said in a statement. “He was identified by a member of the public in the central city.”

Harris was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Palmerston North District Court this morning charged with an offence that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

News from NZ Police – April 26
Police are urgently seeking Alan James Harris in relation to a burglary yesterday at Palmerston North Police Station from which a number of firearms were stolen.

Harris is a 38-year-old European with short cropped hair, a dark beard and of slender build.

Police and Armed Offenders Squad staff have executed a number of search warrants at Palmerston North addresses over the last 24 hours as part of the investigation.

The burglary occurred early on Thursday morning. The offender was disturbed by a member of Police staff in the yard area of the Police station around 7.40am. He left the scene in a vehicle and Police have since recovered this and another vehicle linked to the offender.

Harris is still believed to be in the Central District area, and Police are urging anyone who knows his whereabouts, or is in contact with him, to contact Police immediately.

Acting Central District Commander Inspector Sarah Stewart says the burglary is being taken very seriously:

“Locating Harris is a high priority for Central District Police. I urge anyone with information about his whereabouts to come forward to Police. A warrant for his arrest has been issued. He should not be approached.

“Eleven firearms which were in an exhibit storage area are currently unaccounted for. I should be clear that these were not Police firearms, but were a range of weapons being held as exhibits or handed in for destruction. I am very concerned about what has occurred — it is absolutely unacceptable,” says Inspector Stewart.

Commissioner Mike Bush has directed an investigation be conducted into how this man was able to gain access to the Police station, as well as an immediate audit on security around firearms at all stations nationwide.

Anyone with information that could help the enquiry team is urged to contact Palmerston North Police immediately on (06) 351 3600. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

1 comment:

  1. Checkpoint, 26. April 2019, 17:22

    The acting Central District Commander, Inspector Sarah Stewart, says at least one unlawful semi-automatic weapon was stolen from Palmerston North Police Station yesterday morning. [via twitter]