Sixth man charged over motor vehicle theft syndicates – Financial Crimes Squad

Financial Crime Squad detectives have charged a sixth man over his alleged role in the theft of luxury and high-performance vehicles across Sydney.

In November last year, detectives from the Financial Crime Squad’s Motor Unit established Strike Force Swete to investigate criminal syndicates involved in alleged break and enter offences where luxury and high-performance vehicles were stolen across Sydney.

So far during the investigation, five men – aged 52, 29, 35, 30, 19 – have been charged over their alleged involvement in various syndicates, and their matters are now before the courts.

Following further inquiries, with assistance from North West Metropolitan Operation Support Group, a 21-year-old man was arrested at a home in Blacktown about 8.45am today (Wednesday 3 March 2021).

A search warrant was executed at the home, where police seized Holden and Audi car keys, a Suzuki motorcycle, mobile phones, electronic devices and other items relevant to the investigation.

He was taken to Blacktown Police Station and charged with 18 offences including seven counts of aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence, five counts of steal motor vehicle, four counts of face disguised with intent commit indictable offence and two counts of receive/dispose stolen property.

Police will allege in court that the man was involved in aggravated break and enter offences at properties in Fairfield West, West Hoxton and Sans Souci in November and December 2020, where personal property and motor vehicles were stolen including a Holden Maloo, BMW M2, Mercedes CLA45 and two trail bikes.

The man was refused bail and appeared before Blacktown Local Court today (Wednesday 3 March 2021), where he was formally refused bail to reappear before the same court on Thursday 29 April 2021.

Investigations under Strike Force Swete are ongoing and further arrests are expected.

Anyone with information that could assist strike force detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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