Man charged as investigations continue into suspicious fire at Nowra

A man has been charged with firearm offences as investigations continue into a suspicious fire at a South Coast property last year.

On Tuesday 5 January 2020, a home on Yalwal Road, Barringella, west of Nowra, was destroyed by fire.

The fire was deemed suspicious and detectives from South Coast Police District established Strike Force Cairnlea to investigate the circumstances surrounding the blaze.

As part of inquiries, strike force investigators with the assistance of the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad, executed a search warrant at the Barringella property about 10am yesterday (Friday 19 March 2021).

During the search, investigators seized $500,000 cash from a safe, a .22 Remington pump action rifle with scope and silencer, ammunition and an electronic stun device.

All items seized will undergo further forensic examination.

A 58-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Nowra Police Station.

He was charged with possess unregistered firearm – not prohibited firearm/pistol, not keep firearm safely – not prohibited firearm/pistol, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, and two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Nowra Local Court on Monday 12 April 2021.

Inquiries under Strike Force Cairnlea continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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