30 June 2022

Man on bail arrested as part of investigation into stolen cars

| Claire Fenwicke
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A man has been arrested in relation to stolen cars and property offences in Canberra. Photo: File.

A 34-year-old Wright man has been arrested, accused of being connected to multiple stolen cars and property offences in Canberra throughout June.

On the night of 1 June, a Garran home was broken into and two vehicles were stolen.

Police have alleged one of the vehicles was used in several offences in the following weeks, including thefts from parked vehicles in Phillip on 19 and 26 June, and driving offences in several Canberra suburbs on 6, 10 and 20 June.

At some point officers said one of the stolen vehicles, a Lexus RX450H, was fitted with stolen, non-matching number plates. These plates were changed for other plates on at least one other occasion.

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At about 8:55 am on Wednesday (29 June), police seized the Lexus which was parked near a Wright residence. The man was arrested a short time later at his home.

Police checks confirmed his licence was suspended on 3 June, and that the man had been granted bail for unrelated offences on 21 June.

The man has been charged with numerous offences:

  • unlawful possession of stolen property (x3)
  • driving a motor vehicle without permission (x2)
  • number plate not properly issued (x2)
  • damaging property
  • driving while disqualified
  • minor theft
  • possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

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