Thursday, 18 August 2011

Sixth man charged over alleged attempted extortion

Gangs Squad detectives have charged a sixth man following investigations into an alleged attempted extortion at a Burwood caryard.

About 2.30pm today (Wednesday 17 August, 2011), a 52-year-old man was arrested by police with assistance from Corrective Services.

He was taken to a nearby police station and charged with demand money with menaces and participating in a criminal group.

He remains in custody and will appear at Burwood Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 18 August 2011). The man is an alleged senior member of the Hells Angels OMCG.

A subsequent search warrant was also executed by police today at a unit on Pitt Street in Sydney’s CBD, where police located and seized an amount of a prohibited substance, believed to be cocaine. .

During the warrant police also arrested a 33-year-old man, an alleged member of the Hells Angels OMCG. He was taken to City Central Police Station and charged with possess prohibited drug

He was granted bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 7 September 2011.

Gangs Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis said squad members were committed to the continued investigation and prosecution of members of Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang's or Organised Criminal Networks participating in illegal activities.

“Today’s developments follow ongoing investigations into an alleged extortion in which five men approached a car yard on Parramatta Road at Burwood about 3.30pm on Monday 11 July 2011, and allegedly demanded money,” Detective Superintendent Katsogiannis said. .

The five men aged 24, 26, 27, 29 and 30, were arrested at the scene and taken to Campsie Police Station where they were charged.

Strike Force Embark was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the alleged extortion as well as an alleged incident at the Burwood car yard just before 3pm on Thursday 7 July 2011, in which a number of luxury cars were driven from the premises.


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