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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Police Force armourer on the run

Alan Cumberland 38, is a long time employee of the NSW Police Force. His official title is Amourer, an old-fashioned word meaning someone who maintains and repairs guns, similar to a civilian gunsmith, but not as qualified.

Police raided his home on the Central Coast on Thursday and found a cache of guns and ammunition and some of the weapons had been "misappropriated" from the force's Armoury.  His home was one of four raided on Thursday, as part of an ongoing investigation into organized crime.

Firearms and Organized Crime Squad Commander Detective Supeintendent Ken Finch said he didn't show up for work at the Sydney Police Armoury after the raid and hasn't been seen since.

"There is a degree of organization involved, we would allege" Supt Finch said.  "He had access to everything in the course of his work and from the time he came to our notice, we have been focused on his movements." 

He added "I'm not suggesting that he has specifically supplied weapons to criminals but this is part of our investigation that is ongoing and we will make a number of inquiries in regard to that."

Anyone with information to assist investigators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Edit March 31:  Alan Cumberland handed himself into police yesterday.  He has been charged with a number of firearms offences including aggravated possession of firearms and unauthorised manufacture of firearms.