Gun Cabinets stolen from a house have been found abandoned near the home they were taken from but with no weapons inside.
Thieves broke into the house just outside Newburgh in Fife last Thursday and have stolen two gun cabinets along with other personal property.
Fife Constabulary have found the two metal cabinets that the firearms were taken from dumped in a parking area at a quarry nearby. They had been forced open and the firearms were taken. They were found at the quarry, which is on the Glenfoot road that runs between Abernethy and Starthmiglo, late on Friday afternoon. It is about a mile south of the junction of the main road at Abernethy.
Officers are asking for people who regularly use that road or who walk their dogs in the area to think back to Thursday or Friday last week to see if they remember anything unusual.
Detective Sergeant Alan Stewart of North East Fife CID said: “We are obviously concerned as the firearms are now in the hands criminals and my main concern is the recovery of these weapons. I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about the weapons or the people involved to contact the police.
“It is possible that the gun cabinets were taken to the area where they were found and later forced open there, possibly even on the Friday afternoon and I would urge anyone who uses that area to let us know if they saw any vehicles or people at the small disused quarry on the 10th or 11th February to contact us.”
There have been two other break-ins in rural properties in the area in recent months and police are asking residents to be alert to unusual vehicles on farm roads.