According to OZPWC, three men were arrested for allegedly stealing personal watercraft, boats and other motorized vehicles in Sydney, Australia. The men, ages 22, 29,and 32 were accused of altering registrations and reselling stolen cars and various types of boats. Several groups of law enforcement agencies were involved in the sting operation. A group called Strike Force Eastcode, comprised of the Marine Area Command and the State Crime Command’s Property Squad, began the investigation into the auto scam in February 2016.
Officers from the Marine Area Command along with assistance from the Property Crime Squad, Public Order and Riot Squad, and Region Enforcement Squad executed four search warrants in Punchbowl, Wiley Park, Milperra, and Greenacre. That is when officers took possession of three vehicles, two boats, and numerous engine parts. All of these items were believed to be stolen property and will be further investigated by forensics teams. The warrants were issued Tuesday, February 14, 2017, a year after law enforcement began their operation into the alleged fraudaulant activity of reselling stolen vehicles.
At this time, Strike Force Eastcote has seized twelve jet skis, eight boats, and four cars and the Force isn’t finished! The investigation will continue until police officers are satisfied. The police would love your assistance in this ongoing investigation so if you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1800.333.000 or contact them online.