Additional charges laid against alleged organised Sydney theft syndicate

Detectives investigating the organised theft of cash and jewelery have laid additional charges in relation to the activities of an alleged crime syndicate.

These activities included the theft of jewelery valued at more than $500,000 from Fairfield.

Last month, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Property Crime Squad established Strike Force Brilliant to investigate several targeted thefts and break and enter offences throughout Sydney.

An alleged pattern of conduct was for thieves to distract victims while other syndicate members steal the victim's property.

Strike force investigators - assisted by officers from the North West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad and Operation Countdown - are investigating more than 18 different incidents.

These incidents mainly targeted jewelery dealers and members of the public making withdrawals at financial institutions.

Following further inquiries, strike force investigators laid additional charges against six members of the group last Wednesday, October 4.

Four men – aged 23, 30, 43, and 53 – were charged with shoplifting, larceny and making false statement to an officer, under the purpose of the Migration Act.

Police will allege in court the charges relate to the theft of sunglasses valued at more than $9,000 from a store at Chatswood, and the theft of jewelery valued at more than $500,000 from Fairfield.

They were all refused bail and appeared at Central Local Court last Thursday, October 5, where they were formally refused bail to appear at the same court on November 16.

A 34-year-old man was charged with two counts of steal from person, and making a false statement to an officer, under the purpose of the Migration Act.

A 39-year-old man was charged with making a false statement to an officer, under the purpose of the Migration Act.

Both men refused bail and appeared at Central Local Court last Thursday, where they were formally refused bail to appear at the same court on November 30.

About 8.30am on Friday, October 6, investigators executed two search warrants at homes on Wilson Road, Green Valley, and Byrock Place, Hinchinbrook.

Police seized cash, jewellery, cannabis, a laptop, various items of clothing, and documentation.

Investigations are continuing and further arrests are expected.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Brilliant investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

NSW Police remind people they should not report crime information via the Police’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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