Police desperate to track down stolen guns

A Crawley man will appear at Guildford Magistrates Court next month. Picture: Surrey Police
A Crawley man will appear at Guildford Magistrates Court next month. Picture: Surrey Police

Two Crawley men have been arrested as police search for stolen guns that could ‘pose a significant risk to the public’.

A Crawley man has been charged with burglary and another two arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods after three rifles and 500 rounds of ammunition were stolen.

Surrey Police is asking the public to help them track down rifles and ammunition stolen during a burglary in Redhill at the end of January.

The burglary took place at an address in St Johns Road sometime between January 26 and 28, with thieves breaking into the gun safe and stealing three .22 calibre target rifles, pictured left, along with 500 rounds of ammunition, police say.

Jack Knight, 23, of Arne Close, Crawley, has been charged with burglary and is due to appear at Guildford Crown Court on March 2.

Two men from Crawley have also been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods in relation to the same offence. A 21-year-old man has been interviewed and released on bail until March 3, pending further enquiries, while a 25-year-old man remains on bail until April 25.

PC Christopher Madeley, who is investigating the offence, said: “We have been carrying out a number of enquiries as to [the firearm’s] whereabouts prior to putting this information in the public domain and I would like to reassure the public we are doing all we can to trace them.

“There are currently three firearms and 500 rounds of ammunition which remain unaccounted for. These have the potential to pose a significant risk to the public and we are urging anyone with any information as to the whereabouts of these weapons to come forward straightaway.

“If you have any knowledge of where they might be, perhaps having overhead a conversation, or believe you know who might have them, please contact us immediately by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency, and quote the reference number 45170009617.

“If you don’t wish to speak to the police about this you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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