TWO guns are missing after offenders broke into a home and raided the firearms safe.
Police have combed the crime scene in David Street in Ashford, north of Inverell, after the break-and-enter, and have now gone public with an appeal for help.
Rural crime detectives have taken over the investigation after the thieves forced entry to a gun safe inside and made off with two rifles.
Police said a .22 calibre Marlin bolt-action rifle, bearing a serial number 12658701, was stolen; as well as a 22-250 calibre Howa action rifle. It had a B461778 serial number on it.
Rural Crime Prevention Team Detective Acting Sergeant Graeme Campbell said the break-in appeared to have happened between June 20 and 22, but investigations were continuing.
"This is a timely reminder for firearm owners to ensure their firearms are secured appropriately," he said.
He urged anyone with information on the location of the firearms to call Ashford police on 6721 8320, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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