A 63-year-old man will face court after police recovered over 60 kilograms of wool allegedly shorn from 34 sheep stolen from a property at Binnaway.
In September 2021, investigators from Orana Mid-Western Police District and the Rural Crime Prevention Team began an investigation following the theft of 34 sheep from a Binnaway property, south of Coonabarabran.
Following inquiries, a search warrant was executed at a property on Bourkes and Halls Road, Binnaway, about 11.50am on September 10.
Officers located and seized, 31 sheep, five rifles, firearm parts, cannabis, explosives and 62 kilograms of wool.
The occupant, a 63-year-old man, was interviewed and has since been charged with 10 offences.
They include possessing a shortened firearm without authority; possessing more than three unregistered firearms without licence/permit; not keeping a firearm safely; two counts of possessing a prohibited drug; steal cattle; take and use others cattle; alter, destroy authorised stock identifier; possess ammunition without holding a licence; and possess, supply or make explosive for unlawful purpose.
He is due to appear at Coonabarabran Local Court on November 19.
State Rural Crime Coordinator, Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Whiteside said, this investigation highlighted the commitment of police to farmers and the rural industry.
"I encourage farmers to report all rural crime to police as soon as possible," he said.
"This will increase the opportunity for a positive outcome. Rural crime investigations survive on the partnership between police and the farmer."
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