Police lay charges after firearm seized during fraud investigation

A man will face court today charged after allegedly breaking into a unit complex and using a stolen credit card across Sydney’s south-west.

About 8am on Wednesday 25 December 2019, police will allege a man broke into an underground carpark at a unit complex in Smallwood Avenue, Homebush, and stole personal identification, including credit cards, from a vehicle.

The cards were allegedly used eight times at service stations at suburbs across Sydney’s south-west.

Officers from Auburn Police Area Command were notified and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at a unit in Brunker Road, Yagoona, about 8.20am yesterday (Thursday 30 January 2020).

During the search, officers located a double-barrel shotgun, and ammunition. These items were seized to undergo forensic examination.

Just after 11am yesterday, a 41-year-old man was arrested at Auburn Police Station.

He was charged with 10 offences, including:

  • aggravated break and enter dwelling in company steal,
  • larceny,
  • destroy or damage property,
  • dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception,
  • drive while licence suspended,
  • fail or refuse to disclose identity as required,
  • stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm,
  • possess shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority,
  • not keep firearm safely – prohibited firearm, and
  • possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority.

Police will allege in court that the man also produced a firearm during a domestic-related incident and threatened a 39-year-old woman in Yagoona on Monday 13 January 2020.

He was refused bail to appear at Burwood Local Court today (Friday 31 January 2020).

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