Man charged with more than 70 alleged motor vehicle and theft offences - Financial Crimes Squad

Saturday, 28 August 2021 06:58:55 AM

Detectives have charged a man with more than 70 motor vehicle and theft-related offences as investigations continue into a criminal syndicate allegedly involved in break and enters 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 break-in offences across Sydney.

So far during the investigation, 12 men – aged between 17 and 52 – have been charged over their alleged involvement in various syndicates. They remain before the courts.

Last Wednesday (18 August 2021), a 24-year-old man attended Riverstone Police Station where he was issued a Court Attendance Notice (CAN) for face blackened or disguised with intent to commit indictable offence, steal from motor vehicle, and three counts of aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence.

Police will allege in court the man was involved in several break and enter offences in Sydney’s west in January this year and included the theft of a BMW X5.

The man was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday 14 October 2021.

Following further inquiries, investigators attended a correctional centre at Silverwater on Thursday (26 August 2021) and charged a 20-year-old man with more than 70 property and vehicle theft-related offences, including; steal from motor vehicle, aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence, and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday 21 October 2021.

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

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.