A determined manhunt is underway after 11 weapons have been stolen from a police station on Anzac Day.
The firearms have been taken from a safe room at Palmerston North Police Station, New Zealand, on Thursday at 7.40am.
The alleged offender, Alan James Harris, 38, allegedly left the scene in a automobile which police have since recovered.
It’s nonetheless not recognized how Harris handed safety and accessed the locked gun room.
Appearing Central District Commander Inspector Sarah Stewart stated the weapons have been both being held for an exhibit or to be destroyed.
Nonetheless Inspector Stewart refused to disclose whether or not the weapons have been operable.
‘It’s actually necessary we verify precisely what occurred on that day that led to this breach right now… and it’s a precedence we perceive that,’ she stated.
‘In the meantime, individuals shouldn’t method Harris.’
Police Commissioner Mike Bush has ordered an audit on how firearms are held in police stations, reported Stuff.
This is not the primary time Palmerston North station has been concerned in a firearm incident.
In 2007, an teacher fired a bullet within the station whereas an officer was being skilled to make use of an M4 Bushmaster.
The bullet shot by way of a wall nevertheless nobody was injured.
In 2015, Faraniko Pei walked into the police station and fired a shotgun close to an officer who was behind the counter within the entrance foyer.
At the moment, gun house owners in New Zealand are handing of their semi-automatic army type weapons to police following a terror assault in Christchurch final month.
The weapons have to be handed in by the top of September in any other case people could be prosecuted.