Seven pairs of jeans stolen in Whangarei has led police to a stash of cash, drugs and a pistol.
Officers found a 22-year-old man wearing a pair of the jeans allegedly taken from Farmers on Tuesday.
On Thursday, police went to an address on Maunu Rd linked with the 22-year-old and noticed some of the stolen clothes.
They searched the house and found a pistol, ammunition, several thousand dollars in cash, pills and methamphetamine paraphernalia.
"Our staff did some great work in firstly tracking down an offender in relation to the shoplifting offence and then deciding that something didn't add up and going further with their inquiries how to register a business
," Whangarei/Kaipara Area Commander Inspector Tracy Phillips says.