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Gun shop heist: Six arrested in raids across Melbourne

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Six men have been arrested as part of the investigation into the armed robbery of a Thornbury gun shop.

It’s been revealed 37 handguns were stolen in the brazen daylight robbery of the High Street gun shop on Monday last week.

Follow a week of investigations, heavily-armed Special Operations Group officers yesterday raided a Docklands property and arrested two men aged 18 and 20.

They were both charged.

Further warrants were carried out in Craigieburn, Dallas, Wallan, Keilor Downs, Chadstone and Broadmeadows.

Four men were arrested, and are being questioned.

Police say the suspects were known to police and are of “Middle Eastern descent”.

At the time of the incident, it was believed about 60 firearms were stolen during the armed robbery.

A subsequent audit by the Victoria Police has determined that 37 firearms were taken.

All 37 guns have been recovered.

Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana told Neil Mitchell the guns would be worth a lot of money on the black market.

He said they were working with the owners of gun shops to “tighten” how guns are displayed in stores.

“Our licencing regulation division has been in communication with firearms stores, they are discussing this at the moment, how security can be enhanced,” he said.

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