A Gold Coast man has been arrested and charged after allegedly buying multiple used luxury cars with stolen cheques.
The 33-year-old was taken into custody at Harbour Town shopping centre in Biggera Waters on Tuesday, where detectives also seized a Volkswagen Golf which had a taser and a quantity of drugs inside.
Police allege the man fraudulently obtained ten cars using the stolen cheques, including three Mercedes, two Audis and two Volkwagens.
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The alleged offences took place between July and October this year, in areas including Logan, Warner, Goodna and the Gold Coast.
It’s understood the man would contact a person who had their car for sale online, before arranging a time to inspect the vehicle and obtain their bank account details.
He then allegedly deposited stolen cheques via an ATM into the victim’s bank account, which later bounced, before leaving with the vehicle.
The man has since been charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining property, four counts of unlawful use of motor vehicle, three counts of breach of bail and two counts of possessing dangerous drugs.
He has also been slapped with one count each of dishonestly applying property, dealing with identity documents, unlawful possession of a weapon, receiving tainted property and possessing tainted property.
The man appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on November 4 and is due to appear again on November 9.
Detectives are still trying to track down two of the cars, including a blue Volkswagen hatch (Queensland registration SGN-289) and a purple Mercedes sedan (Queensland registration 405-YZJ), with people being urged to keep their eyes open.
Investigations are continuing.
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