Firearms seized in burglary investigation

The men were arrested and will be interviewed by police.

Detectives from the Illicit Firearms Unit and Cardinia Crime Investigation Unit have seized nine firearms and arrested two people as part of an investigation into a burglary in Pakenham last month.

Warrants were executed at two properties in Cranbourne South and Cranbourne East around 7am on Thursday 11 February.

A 42-year-old Cranbourne South man and a 38-year-old Cranbourne East man were arrested at the properties.

Both men will now be interviewed by police.

Detectives located eight firearms at the Cranbourne East address and one at the Cranbourne South property.

Seven of those weapons are believed to have been stolen during a burglary at a residential property in Pakenham in the early hours of Monday 25 January.

The guns were registered to one of the residents of that address.

Also seized during the warrants were firearms parts, ammunition, drugs, stolen property and a number of other prohibited weapons.

The investigation into the matter remains ongoing.

The Illicit Firearms Unit is a newly launched team based within Victoria Police’s Crime Command that targets the manufacture, trafficking and use of illicit firearms across Victoria.

The IFU will focus on proactively deterring and disrupting firearms-related crime through a range of operations and activities, as well as targeting and disrupting a range of groups who are strongly involved in the trafficking and use of illicit weapons.

The seizure of illicit firearms and removal of their potential to cause further harm in the community is also key for the new team, which commenced in September 2020.

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