CORNER BROOK — Three rifles were stolen from a house on the west side of the city earlier this week.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating the break-in and theft which occurred sometime between Sunday and Tuesday. Police, who were notified Thursday of the alleged crime, reported entry was gained to the unoccupied residence through a main floor window.
Upon return, the homeowners noticed several items in the home had been moved. Among the things reported missing were a .303 rifle, a .308 and a .22-calibre rifle.
"Anytime there is a theft involving firearms, we treat it seriously and it is concerning to us," Const. Scott Mosher said. "However, there is no indication at this time that those items were taken to commit a further crime or carry out another incident.
"Our priority right now is to get the safe return of those firearms."
There was no ammunition reported missing from the break-in, the officer said.
The RNC is concerned about the public safety that a theft of firearms presents, and is encouraging the person(s) responsible to pass the firearms over to them.
Police are also seeking help from the general public in identifying the person(s) responsible. Anyone with information can contact the RNC at 637-4100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).