NSW Police are appealing for public help to find the owner of over a dozen stolen war medals, found during the search of a property at Narellan on Tuesday.
Police shared a photo of 15 medals and insignia, appearing to date back to World War II; one badge bears the year 1944, while several others appear to bear German signs including swastikas and Nazi eagles. Also included is an Australian Service Medal.
The medals were found after police searched the unit of a 27-year-old men they apprehended during a traffic stop at Narellan, near Camden.
Police say they tried to stop a maroon Holden Berlina around 10pm, but the driver failed to stop and attempted to evade police. The driver allegedly pulled into a motor inn, parked and escaped on foot. Police captured the man but his passenger evaded apprehension. A search of his car allegedly found "a large amount of drug paraphernalia".
A later search of the man's unit allegedly returned "a bolt-action rifle, ammunition, a stun gun device, and amounts of methylamphetamine (ICE) and heroin".
"Police also located a number of war medals in the unit, which are believed to have been stolen. Officers have now released an image of the medals and are appealing for anyone with information about their rightful owner, to come forward," police said.
The 27-year-old man was charged with possess authorised firearm, supply prohibited drug (indictable quantity) and drive while disqualified. He was refused bail and is due to appear before Campbelltown Local Court on Wednesday.
Investigations regarding the passenger involved are continuing. Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.