a car exploded after smashing through
the front of the tattoo parlour / Pic:
Bill Hearne Source:
The Daily Telegraph
in Sydney's southwest, went up in flames early yesterday
when a stolen 4WD was rammed through the front window
and set alight.
Police confirmed the
tattoo business was run by people with links to the
Bandidos, which was a significant part of their
investigation into the arson attack.
Less than two months ago,
a tattoo parlour in South
Yoshues Arts Studio, was targeted in a similar
ram-raid-style attack when a Nissan Patrol was driven
into the shop and torched. Police said they were looking
at links between the two incidents.
"The investigation is only
in its infancy, but obviously we will be looking at both
fires, given they are so similar in nature," a police
spokesman said yesterday.
On the Tattoolicious
Facebook page yesterday, staff vented their frustration
at the overnight attack.
"You could have been a
little more creative - the infrared camera got your
coward ass," the status update read.But they vowed to
begin trading again soon.
"Tattoolicious will be
back bigger and better than ever. No one can shut us
down," it said.
Witness Angus Zhao, 22, was on his way home to
with a friend at around 2.30am when he noticed the
burning shop and stopped his car.
"We were worried someone
was inside," Mr Zhao said.
It took fire fighters
almost two hours to bring the inferno under control.
The tattoo shop was
completely destroyed, and several nearby businesses
suffered smoke and water damage.
One nearby business owner,
who gave his name as Zeb, said it was not the first time
the tattoo shop had been targeted.
"There have been problems
there before - vandalism and graffiti - so I guess this
is the next step," Zeb said.
Surveillance footage from
the shop and nearby businesses on the Hume Hwy has been
seized by police.