Biker raid nets three

City po­lice see spike in gang ac­tiv­ity since sum­mer

The Recorder & Times (Brockville) - - FRONT PAGE - RONALD ZAJAC

Brockville po­lice and their coun­ter­parts from other agen­cies on Thurs­day ar­rested three men in con­nec­tion with ac­tiv­i­ties of the Out­laws mo­tor­cy­cle gang.

The men, who faces charges in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping and as­sault with a weapon, were ar­rested amid a surge in biker gang ac­tiv­ity in Brockville since the sum­mer.

Brockville po­lice of­fi­cers, with the help of the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice’s Biker En­force­ment Unit, the Belleville Po­lice Ser­vice and Kingston Po­lice Ser­vice, ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at two Brockville res­i­dences, po­lice said Fri­day.

Of­fi­cers with the Joint Forces Team raided 283 Park Street and Apart­ment 17 at 16 Cartier Court, in re­la­tion to the Out­laws Mo­tor­cy­cle Club and an Out­laws sup­port club, the Dead Eyes Mo­tor­cy­cle Club.

Three lo­cal men were taken into cus­tody on a num­ber of crim­i­nal code charges in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping, rob­bery, as­sault with a weapon, as­sault, and two sep­a­rate of­fences re­lat­ing to or­ga­nized crime groups, said po­lice.

Thomas Bell, Nor­man Cran­shaw Ros­bot­tom and his son, Nor­man Stan­ley Ros­bot­tom, were charged with those of­fences in con­nec­tion with crimes that be­gan in March, po­lice added.

Dur­ing the raids, said po­lice, the of­fi­cers seized a num­ber of items, in­clud­ing Dead Eyes Out­law Mo­tor­cy­cle Gang vests, cloth­ing and re­lated para­pher­na­lia; doc­u­ments sup­port­ing in­volve­ment in a crim­i­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion; a small quan­tity of co­caine; cell­phones; cloth­ing “worn dur­ing com­mis­sion of of­fences”; and a 2004 Pon­tiac Grand Prix.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing with po­ten­tially more ar­rests and charges forth­com­ing,” Brockville po­lice said in a me­dia re­lease.

The of­fences all hap­pened here, said Brockville Po­lice Staff Sgt. Tom Fournier.

“They hap­pened in the city of Brockville, I would say, from early sum­mer on un­til yesterday,” said Fournier.

“It’s got to do with the gang ac­tiv­ity.”

Brockville po­lice work in con­junc­tion with the other area forces be­cause biker gangs are con­stantly on the move, said Fournier.

City po­lice have been aware of the Out­laws in the area for nearly two years, but “over the past sum­mer, there’s been a dras­tic in­crease” in their ac­tiv­ity, he added.

Biker gangs move into com­mu­ni­ties in or­der to mus­cle into the il­licit drug trade, he noted.

This is the city po­lice force’s sec­ond biker gang raid this fall.

In Septem­ber, po­lice ar­rested two peo­ple in con­nec­tion with drug and weapons of­fences with biker gang links fol­low­ing a raid at 21 Sevenoaks Av­enue in Brockville.

Four other peo­ple were ini­tially sought af­ter that raid, one of whom later turned him­self in in Kingston. Two of the re­main­ing sus­pects turned them­selves in to Brockville po­lice, while the other also did so in Kingston.

On Fri­day, city po­lice and the OPP biker unit urged cit­i­zens “not to sup­port or­ga­nized crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing seem­ingly harm­less ac­tiv­i­ties like pur­chas­ing sup­port gear or par­tic­i­pat­ing in char­i­ta­ble ac­tiv­i­ties or­ga­nized by these groups.”

Fournier noted biker gangs of­ten hold what ap­pear to be char­i­ta­ble fundrais­ing events in an at­tempt to le­git­imize them­selves.

“We don’t know where that money is go­ing,” he added.

“The pres­ence of Out­law Mo­tor­cy­cle Gangs (OMGs) in any com­mu­nity should be a con­cern,” the joint po­lice state­ment added. “Cit­i­zens should min­i­mize con­tact with gang mem­bers and re­port any OMG ac­tiv­ity to po­lice in their ju­ris­dic­tion.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Det. Mike Grant of the Brockville Po­lice Ser­vice at 613-342-0127 ex. 4237 or sub­mit a tip anony­mously by con­tact­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on­line at www.tip­sub­mit.com/start.htm and be el­i­gi­ble for a cash re­ward of up to $2,000. Rza­[email protected]­media.com

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Brockville po­lice re­leased this im­age of a ve­hi­cle and vest seized in a multi-agency raid against the Out­laws mo­tor­cy­cle gang on Thurs­day.

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