Car theft arrest, stolen BMWs recovered

(Joe Mastroianni). 245950_02

Police have charged a 26-year-old man and recovered two BMW vehicles that were allegedly stolen in Tarneit and Point Cook, during separate incidents this year and last year.

On October 25, 2021, investigators located a BMW X5 that had been reported stolen from a Point Cook address earlier in the month.

The vehicle, which was allegedly displaying homemade plates, was found abandoned in Tarneit.

Police located property that was allegedly stolen from two other vehicles, inside the BMW’s glovebox.

On January 6, Vehicle Crime Squad (VCS) detectives were notified that a 26-year-old Altona man had been arrested in relation to a separate incident of theft in Tarneit.

A search of the man revealed that he was allegedly carrying 10 stolen drivers’ licences, firearms licences, Medicare and bank cards, as well as a knife and other stolen property.

He was charged with a raft of offences, including theft of motor vehicle, two counts of theft from motor vehicle, three counts of theft, three counts of handle stolen goods, possess ID information, possess controlled weapon and bail offences, including in relation to the alleged Point Cook BMW theft.

Victoria Police released a statement today which said that the Altona man has been remanded in custody to appear at Werribee Magistrates Court on January 20.

In a separate incident, two BMWs – an X5 and 640i – were allegedly stolen from a Tarneit house’s garage on January 5.

The cars were allegedly taken from a Zion Avenue property, after the residence was broken into and keys to the vehicles were stolen.

The X5 was recovered from a property in Burnside Street, Deer Park on Monday, January 10.

A 39-year-old Deer Park man, a 33-year-old Deer Park woman and a 28-year-old Deer Park man have all been interviewed by police and subsequently released.

Police said they expected the men and women to be charged on summons.

The investigation into the whereabouts of the stolen 640i remains ongoing.

Anyone with information about the thefts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at