Five stolen vehicles seized during multi-agency operation

Five stolen motor vehicles - including a stolen Toyota Corolla from a business in Smithfield - have been seized and more than 60 infringement notices issued during a multi-agency compliance operation across south-west Sydney this week.

Officers from across the South West Metropolitan Region, with assistance from the Financial Crime Squad's Motor Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, the NSW Fair Trading and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), conducted a compliance operation across south-west Sydney on Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday November, 14.

More than 50 businesses including car repair workshops, scrap metal dealers and recyclers were inspected, to ensure they were abiding by the regulations under the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013 and the Scrap Metal Industry Act 2016.

During the operation, officers seized a stolen Toyota Corolla from a business in Smithfield, and four stolen Toyota Hilux vehicles from a business in Prestons.

All five vehicles will undergo forensic analysis, and investigations into each motor vehicle are continuing.

NSW Fair Trading issued 64 infringement notices for assorted breaches of the Motor Dealer and Repairers Act and Regulations, including not display signage, not mark prescribed parts and not maintain register.

A workshop in Smeaton Grange was identified as operating without a current licence and was immediately closed.

Financial Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett, said organised car theft and re-birthing creates ongoing issues for those in the community who may be unaware of a vehicle's true origin.

"People who engage in this type of criminal activity only want to benefit financially through the misfortune of others," Detective Superintendent Howlett said.

"If you know or suspect a motor business is operating fraudulently or if a vehicle re-birthing syndicate may be operating in your area, please contact police or Crime Stoppers."

South West Metropolitan Region Operations Manager, Detective Superintendent Craig Middleton, said: "Further investigations will commence into the stolen motor vehicles and follow-up inspections will be conducted to ensure compliance is enforced."

Anyone with information about motor vehicle theft and on-sale is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.