Charged with theft of baby formula and chemist items

A MAN arrested in an Auburn shopping centre carpark last Thursday, has been charged with shoplifting as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged theft of baby formula across Sydney.

Follow the arrest of the 53-year-old man in the carpark on Queen Street last Thursday morning, police searched a home in Greystanes, allegedly seizing 350 tins of baby formula, 42 bottles of vitamins and 47 tubs of menthol rub – all believed to be stolen.
About 2pm, a second search warrant was executed at a storage facility in Homebush, where detectives arrested a 40-year-old man and allegedly seized a further 1,000 tins of baby formula, 1,000 bottles of vitamins, 300 tubs of pawpaw cream and 100 electric toothbrushes – also believed to be stolen.
Items seized at both locations are believed to be worth an estimated $100,000.
About 5pm, a third search warrant was executed at an apartment on Gibbons Street, Auburn, where police seized clothing.
Police will allege the 53-year-old was facilitating the theft of the baby formula and pharmaceutical items.
The younger man was charged with deal with property proceeds of crime, and receive property-theft – serious indictable offence. Police will allege he was receiving stolen goods and exporting them overseas.

Block fire evacuation
RESIDENTS were evacuated from a unit block in Guildford after a fire broke out in the basement late Sunday night.
Emergency services were called to the two-storey block on Marian Street about 11.50pm, after smoke was seen coming from the basement carpark.
Cumberland Police evacuated about 20 people – many of them children – from their units as a precaution while fire fighters worked to contain the blaze. It’s believed the fire started when a car caught fire in the basement carpark.

Car theft and assault
A WOMAN has been charged over the alleged assault of a driver and two crashes at Guildford last Friday.
A 36-year-old woman was driving on Oxford Street, Guildford, about 12.30am when she stopped after seeing a woman on the street running towards her vehicle.
The woman allegedly opened the front passenger side door and sat in the front seat, telling the driver she was being followed. When the driver attempted to contact police, the woman allegedly punched her a number of times in the face and bit her on the thumb, until the driver was able to unbuckle her seat belt and get out of the vehicle.
The woman moved into the driver’s seat and as she attempted to drive away, the car collided with another vehicle before travelling west on Hawksview Street. Soon after it collided head-on with another vehicle and flipped onto its side.
A 24-year-old woman was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries sustained in the crash and issued a Court Attendance Notice for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, drive conveyance without consent of owner, drive manner dangerous and driving while disqualified.