Taranaki Police have today arrested and charged a man in relation to the theft of two police issue glock firearms from the New Plymouth District Court.
Police were made aware of the theft in June 2013 and launched an investigation.
The 40-year-old New Plymouth man has been charged with theft and will appear in the New Plymouth District Court on Thursday 18 June, 2015.
One firearm has been recovered and a person has been charged and convicted with unlawful possession of that firearm.
Inspector Keith Borrell, Taranaki Area Commander says: "This arrest signals significant progress in our ongoing investigation, and I want to thank the public as they have played a key role by providing us with information which has assisted our lines of inquiry. We still want to speak with anyone that may have any information about the theft and I strongly encourage them to contact police."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Plymouth Police on (06) 759 5500. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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