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ACT Stolen Good Not on Property - Can Police Issue Search Warrant?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by matthew martin, 6 September 2015.

  1. matthew martin

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    Hello I would appreciate some help.

    If the police are aware that stolen goods ARE NOT located on your property, can they then proceed to issue a search warrant to search your property and go ahead with the search.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Hi Matthew,

    Yes it's likely that they can.

    To obtain a search warrant, police just need to have reasonable grounds to believe that there is or will be within 72 hours any building anything in respect of which any indictable offence has been or suspected of being committed or anything which will afford evidence as to the commission of an offence - while this would include the stolen property it is not limited to the stolen property - there may be many other things that constitute evidence of a crime and they can obtain a search warrant to search for these.
     
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