Burglary charge after guns found
IPSWICH detectives have charged a man with burglary after recovering four high-powered rifles, a shotgun and 500 rounds of ammunition which had been stolen from a rural property.
Two .30 calibre rifles, a .243, a .22, a shotgun and the ammunition were returned to the licensed landholder on Thursday.
Police also recovered a generator and refrigerator taken from the property at Milbong, about 40km south of Ipswich.
A 40-year-old Churchill man will appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on March 17.
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and tools have been reported stolen from rural properties throughout the Ipswich district this year.
Police from Ipswich’s Criminal Investigation Branch and the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad – based in the Lockyer Valley – have dedicated Operation Basin to tracking down the thieves who have hit scores of rural properties.