Firearm and hunting knives stolen

By Ivy Jensen

A FIREARM and four hunting knives are in the hands of criminals after a burglary at Echuca last week.
Thieves broke into a Murray Valley Hwy property overnight Thursday and stole thousands of dollars worth of weapons and valuables.
A 22-calibre rifle was taken from a gun safe, while four Winchester hunting knives, a small quantity of money, two Maton guitars, two sets of silver cutlery and a silver urn were also stolen.
Detective Senior Constable Troy Wickham of Echuca Criminal Investigation Unit said it was of great concern to police to have guns ending up in the wrong hands.
‘‘In this situation we believe the victim went to reasonable efforts to prevent theft but unfortunately this has happened," he said.  ‘‘I guess this is a reminder for all firearm holders to check their safes and make sure their security is adequate.’’
With no CCTV or suspects at this stage, police are appealing to the public for help.
‘‘If anyone sees these items being pawned, saw anything suspicious that night or has any information about the burglary, I would urge them to come forward,’’  Det. Snr Constable Wickham said.
Anyone with information can contact Echuca police on 5483 1500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.