Two men have been charged following an investigation - which included search warrants at two businesses in Fairfield and Cabramatta - into the alleged large-scale theft of infant formula, oral hygiene products and vitamins across Sydney.
Officers attached to Fairfield City Police Area Command commenced an investigation into the alleged coordinated theft of baby formula and other food, clothing and toiletry items across the Sydney region between July and November this year.
Following inquiries, Fairfield City Proactive Crime Team arrested a 34-year-old man at Chester Hill, about 1.50pm yesterday ( December 3 ).
Officers also executed search warrants at two businesses in Cabramatta and Bass Hill, and a house in Fairfield.
A 33-year-old man was arrested at the Bass Hill business.
During the searches, police seized:
- 273 cans of baby formula, and 317 oral hygiene products, including toothpaste, at the Cabramatta business.
- 113 products including Manuka honey, nine sets of wireless earphones, 587 packets of painkillers, 118 skin products, 447 cans of tuna, several cans of baby formula, and other assorted food items, confectionary, beauty and health products and tobacco at the Bass Hill business.
- 656 cans of baby formula, 435 oral hygiene products, 216 electric toothbrushes and 752 bottles of vitamins at the Fairfield home.
The total estimated value of the alleged stolen items is approximately $80,000.
Both men were taken to Fairfield Police Station where they were subsequently charged.
The 34-year-old man, from Bass Hill, was charged with 41 counts of shoplifting, goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen and drive whilst licence expired.
Police also executed an outstanding arrest warrant for the offences of robbery in company, breach of bail, and two counts of fail to appear in accordance with bail acknowledgment.
He was refused bail and appeared in Fairfield Local Court today where he was formally refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday, December 10.
The 33-year-old man, from Bankstown, was charged with dealing with property proceeds of crime and goods in personal custody suspected of being stolen.
He was granted conditional bail to appear in Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday, December 16.