Four year probe leads to arrest of man over gun at childcare centre

A lengthy police investigation has led to the arrest of a man over an incident at a childcare centre in Sydney.

In 2013, detectives from the Firearms Squad established Strike Force Glengarvin to investigate illegal possession and supply of firearms across the city.

As part of their inquiries, strike force investigators searched a childcare centre at Greenacre on 5 September 2013.


Police found a .445 calibre Webley Mk VI revolver (pictured) and 58 rounds of ammunition hidden in garden bed on the property.

A firearm-detection dog was brought in as part of a thorough search of the centre to ensure there were no other items that could cause harm to any child or staff member.

The gun was seized and examined by specialist ballistic and forensic officers.

Four years and one day later, detectives arrested a 30-year-old man at a corrections facility at Nowra, south of Sydney.

He’s been charged with possessing an unauthorised pistol and remains in custody to appear at Bankstown Local Court on 27 September.

Police will allege in court the firearm was hidden at the location without the knowledge of the owner or staff of the childcare centre.