CRUCIAL CCTV images have been
released in a bid to identify suspects who may be linked to the
firebombing that gutted a Rebels clubhouse.
The images are taken days before
the arson attack on the Dandenong South Rebels chapter, which was
part of a simmering war between the Comancheros and their rivals,
The arson attack, on October 21,
followed three violent incidents between the clubs’ members.
Echo Taskforce Det Sen-Sgt Stuart
Bailey appealed directly to both Comancheros and Rebels bikies to
end the dispute.
“It is in both gangs interests to
put these matters behind you and move on,” he said.
“A gang member or an innocent
member of the public could be seriously injured or killed as a
result of your actions.”
Insp Bailey said police were
closely monitoring the situation.
“Police have held discussions with
the office bearers of those two groups but are yet to gain
compliance from them,” Insp Bailey said.
“The state anti-gangs division
have recruited extra members to work on this gang related violence
and we are also working with our regional partners within Victoria
Police, interstate and Commonwealth law enforcement agencies.
“Historically, a couple of years
ago, there was a Comanchero member who was seriously assaulted in
Darwin and that brought some reprisal attacks.
“It really quietened down until
October this year when there were a couple of brawls between Rebels
and Comanchero members.
“Echo Taskforce investigated that
and as a result two members face court for those matters.
“It does seem to have subsided at
this point in time but I think that is because of the good work of
Echo Taskforce and other regional and interstate law enforcement
Earlier Insp Bailey said it was
yet to be proved who firebombed the clubhouse but did not rule out
“It is certainly possible (the
Comancheros are involved), but yet to be proven,’’ he said.
“We’ll keep an open mind and see
what information comes to hand and what the evidence tells us.’’
And there remains no truce between
the gangs which both call the Dandenong region, in Melbourne’s
southeast, their patch.
“We believe there are continuing
tensions between the rival outlaw motorcycle gangs and the
management of the Echo Taskforce has attempted to gain compliance
from the office bearers,’’ Sen-Sgt Bailey said.
“We continue to investigate this
(fire) and other crimes by outlaw motorcycle gangs to bring those
responsible to justice, while continuing to proactively work on
these groups to prevent and disrupt any criminality.’’
Tensions have been high between
the outlaw gangs since October when there was an outbreak of
But police have tracked the theft
of vehicles used in the arson attack on the England St clubhouse to
a residence in Mt Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula.
A Repsol Honda motorcycle and keys
to two Audis were stolen during a burglary at a house in Brighton
Cres on October 12 at 5.10am.
The offenders returned on October
16, stealing a black Audi Q7 and a white 2013 Audi Q3 wagon.
Footage from the night of the fire
shows four vehicles at the Rebels clubhouse just minutes before it
was set alight.
The stolen Audi Q7 was reversed
through the roller doors of the clubhouse and set alight.
A white Hyundai Veloster, the
Honda Repsol and a sports motorcycle were also identified.
It is believed four offenders then
fled the scene on the motorbikes and the Hyundai.
Gas cylinders exploded during the
fire, which tore the insides where Rebel bikies had stored their
Harley Davidsons and other vehicles.
The stolen Honda Repsol was
abandoned in Richmond on November 10 and the Audi Q3 was recovered
in Cranbourne North on November 11.
The Hyundai and the other sports
motorcycle still haven’t been found.
A drive-by shooting attack on
Comanchero boss Mick Murray’s gymnasium is suspected to have been in
retaliation to the arson attack.
No links to the ongoing feud have
been made to the shooting attempt in Thomastown of a former Rebel
Police are keen to speak to anyone
who saw anything suspicious around the time of the fire.