Bikes, speargun, ammo found during search at Wollongong unit block

Wollongong police have found more than 40 items – believed stolen – during a raid at a city unit block on Tuesday, with ammunition, pushbikes and a speargun among the haul.

The discovery was made after officers searched a Kembla Street unit and its garage about 11.20am on Tuesday.

Wollongong police crime manager Detective Inspector Brad Ainsworth said a large amount of ammunition, a speargun and about 10 bikes were located, along with power tools, drills and electrical devices.

“There’s probably about in excess of 40 separate items there that need to be checked out to see if they’re stolen and locate owners,” Det Insp Ainsworth said.

The occupant of the unit was not home at the time and police investigations are continuing.

Det Insp Ainsworth said there had been an increase in the number of stolen bicycles in the Wollongong area.

“Hopefully we might be able to uncover a few there [at the unit] that have been stolen,” he said.

“It could be the place where they’re all going to, so that will form part of our investigation.”

Police were first called to the Kembla Street unit block on Monday night, when officers arrested a man at the location.

Det Insp Ainsworth said further inquiries discovered the property, believed stolen, in the garage.

The garage was then guarded by police overnight until a search warrant was executed on Tuesday morning.

The arrested man was from a different unit and was not linked to the search, Det Insp Ainsworth said.

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