Police are appealing for information after two firearms were stolen from a vehicle in Armidale.
Between 8pm and 10.30pm last Friday, a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home in O'Dell Street, was broken into and two rifles taken.
Police have commenced an investigation and are appealing for any witnesses or any motorists who may have been in the area and have CCTV or dashcam vision, to come forward.
New England Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Roger Best, said maintaining safe-storage protocols in accordance with legislation is a vital responsibility for all firearms owners.
"Improper storage of firearms can create easy opportunities for thieves during break and enters, particularly in rural areas," Det Ch Insp Best said.
Police are appealing for anyone with information about last Friday's theft to contact Armidale Police Station, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.