Specially prepared “killer cars” are being seized by NSW police before they can be used in a gang shootout.
More than 20 stolen cars, known as “killer cars”, intended for use in shootings and kidnappings, have been taken off the streets by police.
The cars were all found scattered across Sydney’s west and southwest, in suburbs including Berala, Penrith and St Marys.
Gloves, balaclavas, fake number plates and even jerry cans filled with fuel were found in the cars by New South Wales Police detectives, known as Taskforce Magnus.
New South Wales Police Chief Superintendent Jason Weinstein said the cars were stolen and then sold at auction to crime syndicates around Sydney.
More than 20 stolen cars, known as ‘killer cars’, intended for use in shootings and kidnappings, have been taken off Sydney streets by police (photo of stolen car with a jerry can in it interior which was seized by the police)
“What we see is cars being stolen and then put up for sale in WhatsApp groups and sold to the highest bidder,” he said. The Daily Telegraph.
“There is no doubt that these vehicles were intended to be used to commit serious acts of violence for the benefit of crime syndicates.
“Some of these vehicles contained jerry cans and were mostly likely to be used in some form of crime.”
He said crime syndicates used to operate in a way where a car was stolen after the offense was committed, not before, but that had now changed.
Taskforce Magnus detectives this week charged two men over the fatal shooting of drug lord Alen Moradian, 48, at Bondi Junction, in Sydney’s east, on June 27.
Moradian was shot dead in a brazen daylight ambush as he sat in his black Audi in an underground car park.
A charred Porsche was found a short time later by police near Bondi Junction, while a charred Holden Commodore was found in Zetland.
Two men, aged 31 and 42, were arrested on Wednesday and both charged with murder.
Police will say the older man instigated the Moradian shooting, while the younger man helped coordinate it.
Alen Moradian (pictured) was shot dead in a brazen daylight ambush in Bondi Junction on June 27.