The main suspect, who is reported to have sold the goods over the internet, has already fled the country according to Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner.
Austrian authorities received a tip-off from a police station in Passau, Germany. Police there noticed that hundreds of engines and vehicles parts were being auctioned off on eBay by someone calling themselves motorenprofi.at.
Investigators from SOKO were able to identify 30 stolen vehicles from the pictures on eBay. After making a fake purchase they were able to track down the suspect in Styria. The Interior Ministry said he has been involved in 291 car thefts.