Police searching a flooded home stumbled upon a terrifying cache of weapons including 250 handguns and a bazooka.
Officers in Germany visited the empty flat following reports from neighbours that water was leaking through the ceiling into their apartments.
But when they got inside the soaked property they were stunned to find the private arsenal of convicted burglar Uwe Giesemann, 69.
The terrifying haul prompted the search of another property in Hannover also belonging to the “unkempt” criminal.
In total they found 250 handguns, a number of machine guns. gun parts, hand grenades, silencers, night vision goggles, a bazooka, and a large quantity of ammunition.
Cops made the alarming find in November, but have only just released details as they look to track down the bearded fugitive who is feared to have been an arms dealer operating out of the city for years.
During the search they also came across £250,000 cash and a lot of expensive watches and jewellery with the total haul thought to be worth around £860,000.
A police spokesperson said: “This is one of the biggest weapons finds we’ve ever had.”