Malcolm Naden ... wanted. Malcolm Naden ... armed.
NSW's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, is now armed with a semi-automatic rifle, police say.
The fugitive, who holds the record for being on the run from authorities for the longest time since 1860s bushranger Captain Thunderbolt held the record, stole the gun from a property in the state's northern regions of Gloucester and Nowendoc.
Police are warning the public Malcolm Naden, wanted for an alleged murder at Dubbo and the alleged attempted murder of a police officer at Nowendoc, is an extremely dangerous man.
Residents in the area have been told to steer well clear of him if he is seen.
NSW Police Assistant Commissioner, Carlene York, who heads the massive manhunt, has also urged gun owners to ensure all weapons and ammunition are safely secured in line with the law.
“Investigations by Strike Force Durkin have revealed Malcolm Naden is in possession of firearms, including a .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle, and ammunition.
"This is most concerning as we are aware of Naden's violent nature and his willingness to use firearms to avoid apprehension,” Assistant Commissioner York said.
Police said the rifle was stolen recently from a property with other food items and clothing.
“Strike Force investigators will evaluate the information we receive and respond accordingly.
“We are committed to locating this violent offender and the release of this new information, although concerning, reinforces our intentions to protect the community,” Assistant Commissioner York said.
An arrest warrant was issued for Naden in August 2005 after the body of Kristy Scholes, aged 24, was found at a Dubbo home on June 22, 2005.
A reward of $250,000 is being offered for information leading to the capture of Naden.
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.