KAWARTHA LAKES-Between July 8 and 10, 2023, two separate incidents involving the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and the Loners Motorcycle Club resulted in police investigations.
One incident, involving an alleged shooting and assaults with edged weapons, occurred on July 8, 2023 according to police. Cornwall Police Service is leading this investigation. The other incident, which occurred on July 10, 2023, is being investigated by Brockville Police Service. This involves a suspected arson at a commercial building. Police say the Biker Enforcement Unit is assisting with both matters.
“Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMG) members are known to carry weapons and to engage in violent behavior. If you encounter an OMG member(s), do not approach them.” said the OPP in a press release. “Ontarians are also reminded of the dangers of wearing gang-related clothing or paraphernalia. In addition to supporting illegal activities by purchasing these items, you may also put yourself at risk of being targeted by rival OMGs.”
The Loners Motorcycle Gang came to Peterborough in 2012 with a clubhouse on Park Street which later burned down. The group became embroiled in a turf war with the Vagos MC and violence ensued. Experts believe there is still outlaw motorcycle gang activity in the area but no formal clubhouse.
While 99 per cent of motorcycle enthusiasts are law-abiding OMGs are criminal organizations whose activities cause harm and victimization in communities across Ontario, police say.
“These profit-driven activities include fraud, drug trafficking, human trafficking, assaults, intimidation and murder.” said police.
The BEU continues to tackle the activities of OMGs through an integrated, intelligence-led approach, which has resulted in numerous successful investigations. The BEU monitors and provides support to frontline police officers at most large public events where OMGs are present.
If you are in immediate danger, call 911. To report suspicious or illegal activity, call the Outlaw Biker Hotline at 1-877-660-4321. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)
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