THREE rifles, two cars and one shotgun have been stolen during separate break-ins in north-west NSW yesterday.
It’s alleged thieves first broke into a Hope Street home in Bourke and nicked a Toyota Landcruiser sometime between 8.15pm on Thursday and 6.30am on Friday.
The resident left the location about 7.45am to look for the Landcruiser, and returned about 10.30am.
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During this time, intruders again gained access to the home and stole four firearms from a safe, including a Ruger M77 .222 calibre Rifle, a BRNO 1 .22 calibre Rifle, a Browning GP/TRAP under over 12 Gauge Shotgun, a Stoeger X10 .177 Calibre Air Rifle.
Meanwhile between 4.20am and 8am yesterday, someone gained access to a Richard Street home and stole a Holden Commodore.
About 5pm, both vehicles were located in bushland between Parkdale Road and the Darling River and have been seized for forensic examination.
Police are investigating the break-ins, which are believed to be linked.
Anyone with information that may assist Bourke detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.