Seventh person charged over coordinated theft of baby formula, NSW

Detectives investigating the coordinated theft of more than $1 million worth of baby formula across Sydney have charged another man.

In February 2018, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad received information from retailers relating to the coordinated theft of baby formula and vitamins across Sydney.

Strike Force Dungv was subsequently established to investigate the theft and distribution of the items.

In August 2018, strike force investigators searched two homes in Carlingford and seized 4000 tins of baby formula, large quantities of vitamins, and Manuka honey; all of which are alleged to be stolen.

Officers also seized more than $215,000 cash from one of the properties, which is alleged to be the proceeds of crime.

During the investigation, detectives have charged two women – aged 29 and 48 – and three men – aged 31, 35, 42, and 53. They remain before the courts.

Following extensive inquiries, a 42-year-old man was arrested at Parramatta Police Station about 1pm yesterday (Tuesday 2 April 2019), and charged with 11 counts of larceny, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.

He is the seventh person to be charged by strike force investigators.

Police will allege in court that the man stole baby formula from stores across Sydney before it was sent overseas.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

Investigations under Strike Force Dungv continue.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Dungv investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence.

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