A 38-year-old man will today front court, charged with 37 offences relating to the theft of trucks, cars and earthmoving equipment across south-west Sydney.
As part of ongoing operations targeting coordinated vehicle theft, detectives from the Financial Crimes Squad’s Motor Unit conducted a business compliance inspection at a location suspected to be an unlicensed motor vehicle dismantler at Rossmore on Tuesday January 28, 2020.
During the inspection, police identified nine stolen vehicles on the premises, which were subsequently recovered.
Police located a Scania truck in the process of being stripped, a Kubota excavator, a low loader trailer, a Volvo prime mover engine, a Yamaha jet ski with trailer, an Audi Q7, a Toyota Rav 4 and a Borcat trailer, all of which were confirmed stolen.
Strike Force Kyarra was established to investigate the theft of the vehicles and associated suspected illicit activities.
Following inquiries and acting on information from strike force detectives, officers from Australian Border Force (ABF) intercepted a shipping container after it arrived at Port Botany on Wednesday July 29, 2020.
The container was taken to the Sydney Container Examination Facility before being seized by police. It was confirmed to contain three stolen excavators.
As part of ongoing investigations, strike force detectives also uncovered information relating to the coordinated theft of a Toyota Rav 4 from a home at Punchbowl between Thursday May 7, 2020 and Friday May 8, 2020.
Following further inquiries, detectives also issued a 35-year-old Punchbowl man with a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) for publishing false misleading material to obtain advantage on Saturday 16 January 2021. He will appear at Bankstown Local Court today.
To date, Strike Force Kyarra detectives have seized or recovered 17 stolen motor vehicles and seven excavators, with a total value of more than $1.3 million. Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information about organised car theft and re-birthing is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.