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Man charged over $800,000 haul
Man charged over $800,000 haul

A cross-district police operation has recovered allegedly stolen property - including vehicles, bobcats, trucks and tools - worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Warwick detectives and Wheatbelt police, with assistance from the vehicle crime unit, uncovered the loot earlier this month as part of Operation Bellbird.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with receiving stolen property, attempted stealing and stealing goods with a combined value of $475,000.

The man was initially stopped by police on May 6 driving a 2006 Toyota Landcruiser allegedly stolen a week earlier.

A search of the man’s Darch home allegedly uncovered two stolen bobcats, which had been modified and re-painted, and stolen tools valued at almost $5000.

A third bobcat and Volvo truck worth $120,000 was found at a property in Southern Cross which the man had access to.

It will be further alleged the man attempted to steal a $200,000 John Deere tractor from a Cunderdin property last month.

Det. Sen-Sgt Brad Burnett, of Warwick detectives, said the allegedly stolen property was being returned to its rightful owners and inquiries were continuing.

The man has been refused bail and is due to appear in the Joondalup Magistrates Court next month.

The West Australian

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