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Eight people have been charged with allegedly stealing more than a million dollars worth of luxury items from homes across Sydney and sending the ill-gotten gains abroad.

The five men and three women, all Chilean nationals, were arrested over the past month following an investigation into 80 aggravated break-ins across Sydney during September and October.

One of the members of the syndicate

NSW Police

Police allege the men and women broke into homes across the city, including in Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Five Dock, and Castle Hill, and stole $1.2 million worth of jewellery and luxury items, and cash. It’s also alleged they stole luxury items from designer stores across Sydney.

All the items and cash were shipped to their home country and investigators have been working with Chilean authorities to seize packages believed to contain the stolen items.

A supplied image of a woman wearing allegedly stolen jewellery, taken from Sydney homes and stores

NSW Police

Sports goods seized by Strike Force Merengue

NSW Police

“This has been a sophisticated and meticulous investigation; spanning not just across Australia but across the Pacific Ocean,” Detective Superintendent Daniel Doherty said.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have information that can assist us in dismantling this syndicate.”

He also reminded the community to properly secure their homes and cars during the holiday season, and have someone check on the property if it’s left empty.

Police allege they stole $1.2 million worth of jewellery and luxury items, and cash

NSW Police Force

“While our detectives are continuing to track down those involved, we remind the community to ensure that their doors and windows are securely locked when no one is at home.”

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