Northern Territory police investigating the alleged theft of 370 cattle valued at nearly $700,000 enjoy seized 25 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the end of a raid on a online page online shut to Katherine.
- Rather a lot of of cattle worth nearly $700,000 had been allegedly taken from a Top Dwell online page online
- Police seized 25 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition in the end of a raid on a property
- DNA from extra than 1,000 weaners is being examined to resolve if they are the progeny of stolen cattle
Police raided the online page online, which has now not been named, after receiving a criticism from a neighbouring property about allegedly stolen cattle.
Upon raiding the property, police will divulge they learned 12 unregistered firearms, nine unlicensed firearms and one prohibited weapon, including a revolver that had been reported stolen.
Two males, ancient 70 and 30, are as a consequence of face Katherine Local Court in September on a host of firearms offences.
Detective Performing Senior Sergeant Ian Kennon acknowledged police had taken DNA samples from a host of weaners to establish if they had been progeny of the allegedly stolen cattle.
“At this stage we enjoy taken samples from 1,125 weaners, and I enjoy identified an additional 265 weaners that had been trucked to Unique South Wales that can moreover be getting assessed for DNA samples,” he acknowledged.
“We enjoy a host of witnesses who enjoy equipped us with statements on the subject of the handling of the cattle.
“I discontinue seek info from prices on the subject of the cattle to be laid in the upcoming weeks.”
‘Accumulate’ for police taskforce
The investigation is share of NT Police’s Taskforce Starlight, which modified into once established in March to address stock theft in the Territory.
NT Cattleman’s Affiliation chief govt Will Evans acknowledged the raid on the online page online shut to Katherine modified into once a “acquire” for investigators.
“[The raid] emphasises the importance of what the taskforce has been doing and the dangers of stock theft in the NT,” Mr Evans acknowledged.
“We now enjoy got six months left on the taskforce, and we want to be determined other persons are calling the police when they’ve concerns and that they are reporting these situations.
“For the time being there might be no laborious numbers across the scale of stock theft in the NT.”