Police have started an investigation into an alleged motor vehicle theft and re-birthing syndicate operating in St Marys.
Earlier last week detectives from the State Crime Command’s Property Squad, and police from the St Marys and Mt Druitt local area commands, executed search warrants at an industrial unit complex on Links Road, St Marys.
They seized 20 cars, two motorcycles, one boat, three engines and a number of motor vehicle parts, all of which are suspected of being stolen.
Officers also seized five firearms and a small quantity of drugs.
A further search warrant was executed at another industrial unit complex – in Appin Place on February 6 — where a further 12 cars and three boats were recovered.
Property Crime Squad commander, Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman, said the cars were a variety of makes and models.
“To date, we have seized 32 cars, four boats, two motorbikes, and various vehicle parts, as well as firearms and drugs,” he said.
“There is a wide variety of car makes and models in the group, and all of the items seized will be forensically examined in the days ahead.
“Once the items have been thoroughly inspected we will be in a position to contact the rightful owners.
“We have formed Strike Force O’Halloran to investigate the matter and are appealing for anyone with information that may assist police inquiries to contact Crime Stoppers.’’
Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: police.nsw.gov.au/.