Australian police have uncovered a network of stolen cars allegedly being prepared by criminal organizations for use in violent crimes across the country. The 20 cars and trucks, classified as “kill cars,” were intended to be used in serious violent acts before being destroyed. The vehicles were discovered scattered across western Australia, loaded with items such as gloves, balaclavas, and jerry cans filled with fuel.
According to NSW Police Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Weinstein, the stolen cars were being sold in WhatsApp groups to the highest bidder. Weinstein stated that there is no doubt these vehicles were intended for carrying out serious violent acts on behalf of crime syndicates. He noted a shift in criminal behavior, with criminals now stealing cars in advance of the crime to equip them for their intended acts.
Local police are on high alert as the seized cars were believed to be prepped for underworld assassinations, kidnappings, or drive-by shootings. Criminologist and former police officer Terry Goldsworthy explained that these cars serve as tools for criminal gangs to eliminate their rivals. He also highlighted an escalation in gang-related shootings in Sydney in recent months.
This operation is part of the Australian police’s efforts to disrupt the escalating violence.