Austral business owner charged in relation to coordinated vehicle theft

An Austral business owner will face court today after he was charged with more than 35 offences related to the coordinated theft of earth moving equipment, heavy vehicles and cars across south-west Sydney.

Financial Crimes Squad's Motor Unit detectives conducted a business compliance inspection at a business suspected to be an unlicensed motor vehicle dismantler in Rossmore on Tuesday, January 28 2020.

During the inspection, police identified nine stolen vehicles on the premises, which were subsequently recovered.

After it was confirmed that the 37-year-old male owner was not licensed to be operating the business, he was directed to cease operations.

Strike Force Kyarra was subsequently established to investigate the theft of the vehicles and associated suspected illicit activities.

Following inquiries and acting on information from strike force detectives, Australian Border Force officers intercepted a shipping container after it arrived at Port Botany on Wednesday, July 29 to be exported.

The container was taken to the Sydney Container Examination Facility before being seized by police and confirmed to contain three stolen excavators.

Inquiries also revealed the man arrested in Rossmore earlier this year had re-established his unauthorised business at another rural property in Austral.

Just after 9am yesterday (Thursday, August 13), strike force detectives executed a search warrant at the Austral business.

During the search police located a Scania truck (which was in the process of being stripped), a Kubota excavator, a low loader trailer, an engine belonging to Volvo prime mover, a Yamaha jet ski with trailer, an Audi Q7, a Toyota Rav 4 and a Borcat trailer - all of which were confirmed stolen.

The now 38-year-old man was arrested on the property and taken to Liverpool Police Station.

He was subsequently charged with 19 counts of knowingly dealing in proceeds of crime, ten counts of receiving stolen motor vehicles, four counts of disposing of a motor vehicle, three counts of stealing a motor vehicle and participating in a criminal group.

He has been refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court later today (Friday, August 14).

Strike Force Kyarra detectives have seized or recovered 14 stolen motor vehicles and six excavators, with a total value of more than $1.3 million, to date.

Investigations are continuing and further arrests are expected.

Anyone with information about organised car theft and re-birthing is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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