Vehicle rebirthing operation taken down by police

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Days after an alleged manufacturer of cloned number plates was arrested, another man has been taken into custody for allegedly being involved in a vehicle rebirthing operation.

The Victoria Police Special Operations Group in partnership with the Fugitive Squad have arrested a man concerning an alleged vehicle rebirthing racket.

Following the arrest of the 35-year-old, a search of the man’s Doveton home and at a factory in Dandenong South – located in Melbourne’s southeast – uncovered a stolen Holden Commodore, a stolen engine, illicit drugs, and a “significant quantity” of cash.

Also seized were more than 40 cloned number plates.

Another search conducted in relation to the investigation uncovered a commercial quantity of drugs along with $30,000 in cash.

While police did not publicly link the two cases, the latest arrest comes just days after a 44-year-old Frankston North man was charged following the alleged discovery by officers of equipment used in the manufacture of cloned number plates – with Frankston North being a 15-minute drive from Dandenong South.

In February 2023, police warned the public to blur their number plates when selling a car online – with cloned number plates being made to order, so criminals can continue to drive stolen vehicles without being identified by automatic number plate recognition cameras fitted to police cars.

Ben Zachariah is an experienced writer and motoring journalist from Melbourne, having worked in the automotive industry for more than two decades. Ben began writing professionally more than 15 years ago and was previously an interstate truck driver. He completed his MBA in Finance in early 2021 and is considered an expert on classic car investment.

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