POLICE investigating aggravated break, enter and steal offences in the Wollongong and Port Stephens areas have charged three people with goods in custody, drug possession and fraud offences.
Strike Force Amass was established last month to investigate break-ins at a number of supermarkets in these areas dating back to February 2015.
State Crime Command’s Property Crime Squad is leading the investigation, with assistance from Wollongong and Port Stephens police. Following inquiries, strike force detectives searched three residential units within the same complex on Organs Road, Bulli, about 10.20am on Thursday.
During the searches, police seized quantities of prohibited drugs, including cannabis and amphetamine. Officers also seized a large number of items suspected of being stolen from residences in the Wollongong area, including electrical goods, a digital camera, clothing, jewellery, rare coins and a trail bike.
Yesterday, investigators served future court attendance notices on three people – a 27-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman and a 42-year-old woman, all of whom live in the greater Wollongong area. The man was charged with drug possession and fraud offences, the 24-year-old woman was charged with drug possession and having stolen goods, and the 40-year-old woman was charged with having stolen goods.
All three are due to appear before Port Kembla Local Court on June 15. Investigators from Strike Force Amass expect to lay further charges against another man in the coming weeks.