Friday, 20 February 2015 04:53:10 AM
Two men have been charged after more than 800 computers were stolen from schools across NSW.
A three-month police operation – code-named Strike Force Clementine – has been targeting people responsible for the theft of computer equipment from more than 20 schools in the north-west and southern suburbs of Sydney, the Southern Highlands and Illawarra.
Police believe the same organised syndicate committed 36 aggravated break-ins on stealing computers worth about $500,000.
Police will allege the Macbooks and iPads were then on-sold via online sales websites and pawn shops.
Strike Force Clementine investigators raided a business in Kings Cross last month and recovered 176 computers that police allege in court were part of the proceeds of the break-ins.
As part of the on-going operation, police have now arrested two men who they allege were part of the organised syndicate.
Police believe the group targeted private schools from Kiama to Kellyville.
About 8.15am yesterday (Thursday 19 February 2015), a 20-year-old man was arrested at a home in South Windsor.
He was taken to Windsor Police Station where he was charged with 44 offences:
• Aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence in company (22 counts)
• Receive/dispose stolen property (21 counts)
• Take part in a criminal group.
It will be alleged this man was involved in break-ins on 22 private schools.
The man was refused bail and will appear in Penrith Local Court today (Friday 20 February 2015).
This follows the arrest and charging of a man about 7am Tuesday (17 February 2015), at a home in Ebenezer.
This 20-year-old man was taken to Windsor Police Station where he was charged with 26 offences:
• Aggravated break and enter commit serious indictable offence in company (13 counts)
• Receive/dispose stolen property (12 counts)
• Participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.
He was bail refused to Penrith Local Court on Wednesday 18 February 2015. At this appearance the man was again remanded in custody, to re-appear in Penrith Local Court on Friday 27 February 2015.
It will be alleged this man was involved in break-ins on 12 private schools.
Strike Force Clementine comprises officers from the North West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad (RES) and Operation Countdown.
Investigations are continuing.