Offending in pieces

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Parts from a rare HSV GTSR worth more than $100,000 have been recovered during a Cannington RHHOR investigation into a sophisticated vehicle car parts rebirthing operation.

The investigation was commenced after numerous bonnets from 79 Series Toyota Landcruisers were stolen from a Welshpool Toyota dealership earlier this month.

Further inquiries identified that more bonnets had been stolen from dealerships in Cannington and Canning Vale over the past 11 months.

The thefts lead the dealerships to implement tracking technology in an effort to identify the movement of the parts.

This led to a comedic twist, where the offenders unwittingly targeted two vehicles equipped with these trackers, leading the detectives on the right path to expose the offenders.

Detectives also identified two vehicles of interest – a Toyota Hilux and a white Jeep SRT - after reviewing footage from security and traffic cameras, and inquiries with Facebook Marketplace identified a profile of interest.

Joining the information led detectives to identify a suspect who was linked to an address in Dianella, where both the Hilux and the Jeep were observed.

A search warrant at the property located clothing, photographs, and distinctive parts from the HSV GTSR.

And if there was any lingering doubt about the duo’s guilt, their phones sealed their fate, exposing a jawdropping twist—they had filmed themselves in the act of stripping the vehicles.

Both the Hilux and the Jeep had also been equipped with stolen parts.

A 38-year-old man has been charged with two counts of criminal damage, five counts of stealing and one count of gains benefit by fraud.

Acting Inspector Grant Winslow asserts the successful culminations of the crime spree is owed to the excellent collaboration between police and other agencies and technological advances.

“The key to this success story can be answered with one simple word…tracking,” A/Insp Winslow said.

“This played a significant role in the investigation.

Without the support of businesses like the dealership and Scancam, achieving this major result might not have been possible.”