The operation has similarities to an alleged truck rebirthing racket discovered in York last month, where two men were charged, but police say they have not identified a link between the two.
As reported in the Times in May, police charged a Darch man with the theft of a number of heavy-duty machines, including a $200,000 tractor.
Police last week charged a second man over the alleged crimes.
Warwick Detectives Senior- Sergeant Brad Burnett said police would allege the pair entered a compound in Landsdale by cutting the chains on a gate in the early hours of April 19. ‘It will be alleged they stole a prime mover worth $120,000 and drove it to Cunderdin to hide it,’ he said. Police further allege the men broke into another compound in Cundernin and stole a $200,000 John Deere tractor.
It will be alleged they stole a bobcat from a yard in Maddington between April 17 and 19 by moving it onto the back of a truck.
Police claim the alleged offenders smashed bollards at Phoenix Holden in Wanneroo on April 28 and stole a $25,000 Toyota Landcruiser.
The 22-year-old man arrested last week is also accused of stealing a car trailer and two tradesmen’s trailers.
‘We are yet to identify the owners of the trailers, so we urge anyone who has had one stolen to contact police,’ Sen-Sgt Burnett said.
Police have charged the Midland man with vehicle theft and a number of stealing offences.