Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Edmonton Hells Angels bust nets guns, $1M in stolen property

An investigation into the Edmonton chapter of the Hells Angels has resulted in 10 arrests, the recovery of more than $1 million in stolen property, and the seizure of 21 firearms.

ALERT's organized crime team in Edmonton found that members of the Hells Angels, support clubs, and associates were involved in stealing a variety of trailers and recreational vehicles, altering vehicle identification numbers, and reselling them.

Weapons included 18 rifles, 2 shotguns and one handgun.
Hells Angels Julien Roussel and Christopher Escott, along with 8 associates were arrested. Stolen property included 17 travel trailers, three pick-up trucks, six ATVs, a snowmobile and two dirt bikes. Police believe the vehicles were stolen from houses and businesses and then fraudulently registered. In some cases insurance fraud was also being committed. The 10 arrested are facing upwards of 300 criminal charges. More arrests are expected.
The following people were arrested in connection with the investigation:

Lawrence Cotter, 41,of Alberta Beach
Bobby Dodman, 42, of Red Deer
Christopher Escott, 32, of Edmonton
Mark Funk, 38, of St. Albert
Laura Hawkridge, 41, of Alberta Beach
Jacob Jenkins, 38, of Gunn
Kane Laplante-Racine, 29 of Strathcona County
Frank Preeper, 42, of Morinville
Julien Roussel, 58, of Edmonton
Anthony Shaw, 56, no fixed address, arrested in Grande Prairie
The Hells Angels have five Alberta chapters, including two in Edmonton, two in Calgary and one Nomads chapter. There are a variety of support clubs across the province.