Legume gun theft the region's third firearms theft this year
A BREAK-IN at Legume in which eight guns were stolen is the third theft of firearms this year.
Police are calling for public assistance after thieves broke into a safe at the Acacia Avenue home, taking eight guns, gun powder and a cartridge press some time between October 24 and November 3.
The owner is a 70-year-old man, who was away at the time of the break-in, had registered all of the guns and holds a licence.
The safe, located in a tin shed, contained long arms, including rifles and shotguns which were used in farming duties.
Police declined to say how the safe was broken into.
Officers from Richmond police were notified and investigations are ongoing.
Police urge anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
This incident follows two other rural gun thefts at Northern Rivers properties this year.
Between March 9 and 23, three Marlin rifles, a Crosman rifle and a Lightning rifle were stolen from a Bray Park home on Ray St, as well as ammunition, gun powder and scopes.
On March 6, two rifles and two shotguns were stolen from an old Bonalbo property on Clarence Way.
NSW Police held Operation Unification earlier this year with the aim of seizing illegal firearms.
Officers were concerned by an increase in the number of firearms stolen from rural properties.