Raptor Squad charge two men after car rebirthing operation uncovered - Strike Force Trefusi

Wednesday, 11 October 2023 12:02:05 PM

Raptor Squad detectives have charged two men following an investigation into the alleged rebirthing of stolen vehicles under Strike Force Trefusi.

Strike Force Trefusi was established in August 2023 to investigate the activity of two alleged associates of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG).

About 6am yesterday (Tuesday 10 October 2023), Raptor Squad officers – with assistance from the Aviation Command and Dog Squad – executed a search warrant at a rural property Shanes Park where they arrested a 42-year-old man.

During a search of the property, officers located four cars, 12 trail dirt bikes, nine mountain bikes, two box trailers, a commercial generator, a tractor and a boat – all of which are believed to be stolen.

Police also located an identification printing machine, key coder, a number of stolen number plates, car keys, a replica firearm, ammunition, two ballistic vests, mobile phones, a small amount of drugs, and Bandidos OMCG paraphernalia.

A simultaneous search warrant was executed at an address in Londonderry – with assistance from officers attached to Nepean Police Area Command, Aviation Command and Dog Squad – where strike force detectives arrested a 47-year-old man.

During a search of the Londonderry property, police located four cars, four trucks, two trailers and a small excavator.

All of the items found at both properties were seized to undergo further forensic examination.

The men were taken to Mt Druitt Police Station, where the younger man was charged with seven offences, including knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, knowingly facilitate organised car rebirthing, two counts of steal motor vehicle, enter inclosed land not presc premises w/o lawful excuse, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, and fail to comply digital evidence access order direction.

The older man was charged with four offences, including knowingly facilitate organised car rebirthing, two counts of steal motor vehicle, and enter inclosed land not presc premises without lawful excuse.

Police will allege in court the men were using a stolen tow truck to steal other cars, trucks and small plant machinery for the purpose of rebirthing them with cloned number plates and on selling them for financial gain.

They were both refused bail to appear in Mt Druitt Local Court today (Wednesday 11 October 2023).

Anyone with information that may assist investigators 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.