13 June 2024

Leeton men charged following police strikeforce raids targeting firearm theft

| Oliver Jacques
Start the conversation
gavel justice court

The two men from Leeton are scheduled to appear in court. Photo: File.

A man has been charged with breaking and entering and stealing firearms offences and another man has been charged with drug offences following a police operation in the Riverina.

Strike Force Kilnyana was established in May this year to investigate the alleged theft of firearms in Leeton.

Last Tuesday (4 June), officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District, with assistance from specialist officers, executed search warrants and Firearms Prohibition Order searches on nine locations in the Leeton area.

READ ALSO Griffith winemaker declared bankruptcy after court ordered him to pay back $8.4 million

At about 11:30 am that day, officers located a 28-year-old man on Sycamore Street, Leeton. The man allegedly ran from the scene before a pursuit ensued, and he was arrested a short time later.

He was taken to Leeton Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, and one count each of driving a motor vehicle during a disqualification period, using an unregistered vehicle on the road, and having suspected stolen goods on a premises.

The Leeton man was refused bail to reappear before Griffith Local Court on Wednesday (19 June).

In a separate raid that occurred at around 4:15 pm on Saturday (8 June), officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District Criminal Investigations Unit arrested a 31-year-old man on Gidgee Street, Leeton.

He was taken to Griffith Police Station and charged with breaking and entering a house and 15 counts of stealing firearms.

He was refused bail and appeared before Wagga Wagga Local Court, where he was refused bail to reappear before Griffith Local Court today (12 June).

Anyone with information about the theft of firearms in this area is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers website. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

Start the conversation

Daily Digest

Want the best Riverina news delivered daily? Every day we package the most popular Riverina stories and send them straight to your inbox. Sign-up now for trusted local news that will never be behind a paywall.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.