A BREWARRINA man has been charged in relation to a sheep theft matter in the Central North Police District.
The theft made news on New Year's Eve when a landholder claimed to have spotted about 20 of his sheep on a neighbouring property.
Police identified the sheep by their ear markings. Ear tags had allegedly been removed and replaced.
The Rural Crime Prevention Team executed a warrant to retrieve the sheep. During the execution of the warrant it was noted the sheep had been shorn, and an unsecured firearm was located on the property.
The investigation has been ongoing for months and a man has been charged.
The 60-year-old Brewarrina man has been charged with altering authorised stock identifiers and possessing an unregistered firearm.
He is due to appear before Brewarrina Local Court on June 18.