Police are appealing for information after a number of firearms were stolen from a property in the Clarence River region this week.
A man was seen running from a home on Oyster Channel Road, Yamba, about 6.30pm on Monday before speeding away in a white Volkswagen, bearing Queensland plates.
Neighbours were aware the property owners were currently away and therefore attended the house immediately, and found it had been ransacked.
They contacted police who attended a short time later.
During a subsequent search of the home, police from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command discovered a safe had been forced open and five firearms had been stolen.
A crime scene was established and will be examined by forensic specialists.
The man seen at the home has only been described as being of Caucasian appearance and about 35-40 years of age.
There have also been two other break and enters in the region in recent weeks; one at The Pinnacles and another at Southgate.
Firearms were also stolen from The Pinnacles property.
Detectives are therefore investigating whether the incidents may be linked.
Anyone who may have witnessed the man at the Yamba home, and has not yet spoken to police, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.