Six charged over ‘coordinated theft’ of $1M worth of baby formula

Update @2.30pm: SIX people have now been charged over the alleged coordinated theft of more than 4000 tins of baby formula, manuka honey and other goods.

Police have also revealed that four of the six people arrested are from the same family.

The syndicate was allegedly headed by a 48-year-old woman, who was arrested in August.


Police believe more than a dozen people are involved, and will continue working with domestic and international investigators to hopefully make more arrests.


Earlier @7.30am: A FIFTH person has been charged over their alleged role in the “coordinated theft” of more than $1 million worth of baby formula.

The 31-year-old man was taken into custody by strike force detectives after he arrived at Sydney International Airport on a flight from China about 10.30am on Saturday.

It comes after a 53-year-old man was arrested in December last year and a 29-year-old woman was arrested earlier this month.

Police allege that the two men and woman were part of an “organised syndicate” receiving more than $1 million worth of stolen products, including baby formula and health supplements, which were then on-sold overseas.

In August 2018, investigators searched two homes in Carlingford and seized 4000 tins of baby formula, large quantities of vitamins, and Manuka honey, all of which are alleged to have been stolen.

During the investigation, detectives arrested a 48-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man last year.

They remain before the courts.

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Daniel Doherty, praised the work of investigators.

“This has been a meticulous investigation, with detectives now putting five people before the courts and disrupting a well-coordinated theft syndicate,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“Police will continue to pursue those who seek to make a quick buck at the disadvantage of others and will always strive to stamp out unscrupulous activity.”


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