A crime ring suspected of stealing more than 30 Toyota vans
has been arrested by police.
All six members of the group were arrested at five addresses
in the Counties Manukau district last Thursday as part of
"Operation Jafa", police said.
They were all members of an "organised" crime group believed
to have stolen 38 Toyota Hiace vans between October 2012 and
February this year, none of which have been recovered, said
Counties Manukau district crime manager Dave Lynch.
In total, the vans were worth more than $300,000.
"This group has been charged with 27 of those unrecovered
Toyota Hiace vans with further charges likely against this
group," said Lynch.
The five males and one female, all aged between 16 and 42,
appeared in Manukau District Court on Friday.
A 42-year-old man was remanded in custody and the rest were
bailed, to reappear on April 3.
Police urged the public to prevent vehicle crime by removing
valuables from the car, using an alarm system and steering
lock, parking off the road and in a well-lit area.
- By Cassandra Mason of nzherald.co.nz