Charges over gun, drugs in car

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Dangerous: Police believe homemade shotgun “capable of being fired”.

A COUPLE found sitting in a car in the Waterways estate allegedly had stolen goods, drugs, knives and a home-made shotgun in their possession, 4.47am, Wednesday 1 March.

The Mordialloc divisional van was called to Portland Place when four people were seen getting out a Mitsubishi Lancer, changing their clothes, and looking into parked cars.

Police arrived to find the car with a towel covering the front number plate and the rear number plate missing. It was later found in the boot.

A man and woman in the car “had no real reason for being there”, police said later. The two others had run off.

Police allegedly found the 40cm-long shotgun under the driver’s seat. They said the “crudely constructed” weapon – made from two centimetre-diameter water pipe – appeared capable of firing a live shotgun round. A second pipe allegedly found in the car may have been used to make another weapon.

Also allegedly found were several mobile phones, Samsung tablet, various sets of car keys, clear plastic gloves, and power tools.

The car was towed back to the police station for processing and the couple were interviewed over unlicensed firearms, theft and drugs offences. A woman, 24, of Cranbourne, was released pending summons and a man, 37, of Oakleigh, was bailed to appear at Moorabbin Justice Centre in May.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 8 March 2017

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