11 August 2022

Woman accused of possessing foreign cash and drugs in stolen car arrested

| Claire Fenwicke
Police car

A woman was arrested after being spotted sitting in an allegedly stolen car in Monash. Photo: File.

A woman’s been accused of car theft, committing credit card fraud and possessing drug paraphernalia following her arrest by a new police task force.

At about 12:30 am on Sunday (24 July), police received reports a Volkswagen Tiguan had been broken into, from which a handbag containing keys, ID and credit cards were stolen. Numerous withdrawals had been made from the bank account attached to the cards.

Following this, police were told on Monday (1 August) that a Hyundai ix35 had been stolen from an Oxley home the evening prior.

A week later, on Tuesday (9 August), police saw the stolen Hyundai, allegedly fitted with stolen number plates, parked in Monash.

Officers arrested the female driver sitting inside the vehicle at the time.

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Police said they found several items in her possession, including a container believed to be holding methylamphetamine, a container believed to be holding GHB, clip seal bags, two scales, nearly $5,000 in cash, as well as Chinese currency, Malaysian currency, Israeli currency, Indonesian currency, Indian currency, two mobile phones and two black sunglasses cases containing drug paraphernalia.

It’s also alleged she had licenses, Medicare cards, Working with Vulnerable People cards, private health cards and credit cards belonging to six different people.

The 30-year-old woman has been charged with riding/driving a motor vehicle without consent and unlawful possession of stolen property.

Police said her arrest was coordinated by a newly established task force targeting high-risk driving behaviours and stolen vehicles, which were often used in other crimes such as burglaries and assaults.

The woman had previously received bail at the end of July for unrelated offences.

More charges were expected to be laid in the coming days and police will oppose bail.

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