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Three senior Finks OMCG members charged over alleged extortion attempts - Raptor Squad

Thursday, 03 June 2021 09:09:08 AM

Raptor Squad investigators have charged three senior Finks outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) members over the alleged extortion of a man in Sydney’s north-west.

In April this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Raptor Squad established Strike Force Gilruth to investigate the alleged extortion of a 45-year-old male shopkeeper by members of the Finks outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) in Sydney’s north-west.

Police were told that a 25-year-old Riverstone man had been loaned $11,500 cash by the shopkeeper in exchange for jewellery items, a motorcycle and a boat earlier this year.

On Wednesday 28 April 2021, three men attended the Riverstone shop and allegedly demanded the loaned items be given to them by the shopkeeper, who declined.

It will be alleged the three men continued to threaten the shopkeeper, demanding the jewellery be handed over.

Following extensive investigations, Raptor Squad executed seven search warrants at homes at Chatswood, North Richmond, North St Marys, Tregear, Bidwell, Riverstone, and Raymond Terrace from 6am yesterday (Wednesday 2 June 2021).

During the searches, officers seized knuckledusters, 19 explosives, two firearms, a motorcycle engine, electronic devices, OMCG clothing, as well as a small amount of cannabis and steroids,

All items seized will be subject to further examination.

Three senior members of the Finks OMCG were arrested during the operation.

A 25-year-old Chatswood man was taken to Chatswood Police Station, where he was charged with demand property in company with menaces with intent to steal, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm, participate criminal group contribute criminal, and contravene non-association, place restriction. The man was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court yesterday (Wednesday 2 June 2021) where he was formally refused bail to appear at Blacktown Local Court on Monday 7 June 2021.

A 26-year-old North Richmond man was taken to Windsor Police Station, where he was charged with demand property in company with menaces with intent to steal, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm, and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, not keep firearm safely-not pistol/prohibited firearm, possess unregistered firearm, and possess shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority. The man was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Thursday 3 June 2021).

A 29-year-old North St Marys man was arrested and taken to Penrith Police Station, where he was charged with demand property in company with menaces with intent to steal, stalk/intimidate intend fear physical etc harm, participate criminal group contribute criminal, and two counts of possess prohibited drug. The man was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today (Thursday 3 June 2021).

Following the search warrant executed at Raymond Terrace, police also arrested a 23-year-old man. He was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where he was charged with handle explosive/precursor without authorising licence, possess unauthorised pistol, and possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit. The man was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 21 June 2021.

Investigations are continuing.

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009, before becoming a standalone squad in 2021. Raptor Squad conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist the Raptor Squad can report it directly to investigators via their online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.