Police smash major car stealing syndicate in SE Qld

POLICE have charged three men after closing down a major car stealing syndicate operating out of Acacia Ridge.

Officers came across the syndicate after tracking a stolen vehicle to an industrial site on Bradman Street on Tuesday.

Police say the stolen car was located amongst 100 other cars at the site.


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After declaring a crime scene and examining all vehicles, eleven cars were found to have been stolen this year from Maroochydore, Rothwell, Chandler, Tivoli, Kuraby, Slacks Creek, Underwood and Gaven.

Police also discovered two engines which had been allegedly stolen from Pimpama on August 3 and Shailer Park on September 29.

Three Underwood men aged 25, 30 and 32, are all scheduled to appear in Richlands Magistrates Court on November 14.

The trio has each been charged with 11 counts of unlawful possession of a motor vehicle.

Centenary Crime Group Detective Inspector Craig Morrow said police will allege the Bradman Street address was being used as an auto-wrecking business.

“Our investigations indicate the vehicles were stolen by others who would attend this address and sell them for cash,” Detective Inspector Morrow said.

Investigations are continuing.