ACT Policing seized a firearm from a vehicle after responding to reports of a burglary in Kambah on Wednesday (28 October).
About 10am, police attended a vacant residence on Tepper Circuit, Kambah, in response to a report that a person was attempting to break into the property.
On arrival, police saw the offender flee over a back fence. Police canvassed the area and were unable to locate the offender.
Police located a stolen silver Nissan Skyline with a black bonnet at the premises and a search of the vehicle revealed a loaded, sawn-off .22 calibre rifle along with several items of stolen property. The vehicle was identified as being stolen from Lyneham and seen in Holder between 8.30am and 9.45am the same day.
A search of the vacant premises revealed approximately two kilograms of dried cannabis and further items of stolen property. The stolen vehicle, items and drugs were seized by police. Several items of stolen property, including the Nissan Skyline, were returned to their original owners by police and the residence was secured by the owner.
The offender was described as being a man of Caucasian appearance, in his mid-20s wearing a black cap, black T-shirt and black tracksuit pants.
Police believe the same offender was involved in a second incident in Kambah a short time later.
About 10.50am, police received a report that a man matching the description of the offender had entered a mechanic shop on Marconi St, Kambah, and stole a blue Subaru Outback. The offender fled in the vehicle, nearly colliding with an employee.
ACT Policing investigations are ongoing and a suspect has been identified.
Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the theft of the Nissan Skyline from Lyneham, the attempted burglary on Tepper Circuit or the theft of the Subaru on Marconi St, Kambah, on Wednesday morning to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously. Provide reference number 5874596. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.