$30,000 worth of tools, machinery seized at Elbow Valley

POWER tools and equipment worth more than $30,000 that were allegedly stolen have been seized at Elbow Valley after an investigation into an online equipment dealer.

Two people have been charged following the investigation conducted by the Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch and Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) Toowoomba.

A search warrant was carried out at a rural property at Elbow Valley on July 18 and a large number of power tools and machinery suspected of being stolen were seized.

During the search detectives also allegedly located a quantity of dried marijuana and drug utensils.

A 29-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were charged with one count each of stealing, receiving stolen property, and possess dangerous drugs and drug utensils.

The pair are scheduled to appear in Warwick Magistrates Court on August 14.

 

On May 8, 2019, detectives from MOCS Rural Toowoomba and Dalby CIB located and seized a substantial quantity of building tools and machinery from a rural property located at Surat Development Road, Tara.

Senior Constable James Doyle of the State Crime Command's Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) said the theft of equipment, which was mostly construction tools and machinery, was likely to have occurred in earlier in the year in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas.

"It's important to be vigilant when purchasing machinery and tools through online marketplaces as its evident these criminal networks are using rural communities to sell and trade stolen property," he said.

"When it comes to reuniting the tools with the owners it always helps when reporting the matter to provide photographs and details of any distinctive labelling of tools and machinery to assist in the identification process."

Police have released images of some of the tools recovered during the search in the hope of locating owners of the suspected property and other possible victims of theft.

Anyone who believes they may have information relating to the ownership of the alleged stolen property should phone Policelink on 131 444.