Guns, quadbike stolen from Granite Belt properties
GUNS and a quadbike have been stolen from two rural properties on the Granite Belt.
On Saturday morning police were called to a property at Fletcher, south of Stanthorpe, where several firearms had been stolen.
Police believe the shed at the Limberlost Rd property had been broken into sometime during the past two weeks.
The property owner had the shed secured and the firearms properly stored, but the thieves managed to bypass the security precautions in place.
The thieves had to open safes to steal the firearms and associated equipment.
Meanwhile on Friday afternoon, a Glen Aplin resident reported his quadbike stolen.
The owner had the quadbike chained and padlocked underneath his Mt Stirling Rd home, but returned home from work to find the chain cut and quadbike stolen.
Detective Sergeant Damian Grace said the movements of the thieves showed they had knowledge of the area and the properties in question.
"Policing rural areas is difficult given the relatively secluded and private nature of most of the properties within the area," he said.
"In both of these recent cases and while the owners have taken reasonable and normally-adequate precautions to ensure their property security, it does show what lengths offenders will go to, to steal property."
"On this basis, local residential and property owners are urged once again, to look at the security precautions and systems they may have in place and take all necessary steps to upgrade if needed."
Anyone with any information about the thefts should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Stanthorpe police on 4681 6400.