Home老域名 › Kittens strip club blaze latest chapter in bikie plans to muscle in on lucrative security contracts

Kittens strip club blaze latest chapter in bikie plans to muscle in on lucrative security contracts

Kittens Club on Glen Huntly Road, Caulfield South. Photo: Eddie Jim Firefighters outside Kittens strip club on Glen Huntly Road in Caulfield South. Photo: 3AW

The bar at Kittens before the fire. Supplied kittens老域名出售备案老域名 Photo: Nino Bucci

The burnt out car in Hallam. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News, via Twitter

A strip club destroyed in an arson attack on Tuesday morning marks another flashpoint in an 18-month war waged by Comanchero bikie gang members on the security industry, police believe.

People were seen acting suspiciously around Kittens strip club on Glen Huntly Road in Caulfield South moments before the explosion about 3am.

It is the third time a Kittens strip club has been targeted since November, and the latest incident in a vicious campaign that has included seven non-fatal shootings.

While not naming the outlaw gang responsible for the violence, Detective Inspector Ian Campbell from the anti-bikie Echo task force said one particular club had been responsible for standing over security companies in a bid to claim lucrative contracts.

He said police were working with the state government to ensure bikie gang members could not work in the security industry.

Detective Inspector Campbell conceded that the violence would end if bikies were unable to be employed in the industry.

“The security industry at this stage is troublesome,” Detective Inspector Campbell said.

“We have a number of persons associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs trying to muscle in on the industry and endeavouring to take a larger slice of the pie.”

Detective Inspector Campbell said arrests were expected to take place soon, and that a witness had seen a person leaving the scene of the Kittens fire.

It took firefighters more than an hour to control the blaze, which destroyed the venue.

The strip club was closed at the time and no one was inside. The venue was set to close at 3am, according to the Kittens website.

A burnt-out BMW was found in Hallam, about 30 kilometres away, at 6am. The light-coloured car found in Basil Close was not reported stolen, but could be linked to the shooting, police said.

A car was heard idling in the laneway behind Kittens before the fire.

Another Kittens venue in South Melbourne has recently been targeted in two drive-by shootings.

Burnt-out cars were also found after each of these shootings.

A security guard was struck in the forehead by three shotgun pellets during the most recent drive-by shooting in January, and a door was damaged by another shotgun blast in November.

It is the first time another Kittens venue has been targeted. There is also a Kittens car wash in Bentleigh East, and a party boat and bus associated with the club.

The stand-over of security companies by members of the Comancheros appears to have started at a time when the gang was severely weakened by the arrests of key members.

In October, 2014, police claimed that almost half the Comancheros in Victoria were behind bars.

Commander Mick Murray, the head of the gang in Victoria and one of the most senior Comancheros in Australia, vowed to quit the club in 2014 as a condition of his bail.

Mr Murray has a variety of business interests, including in the security industry.

Two of the shootings referred to by Detective Inspector Campbell are believed to be the shooting of Clay Auimatagi, a former kickboxer who co-owns a gym and has links to a security company, in September, and the gunning down of Roberto Morando the following month.

Detective Inspector Campbell said that although Kittens was the only venue targeted, there was no evidence bikies had a particular vendetta against the club.

A security company associated with Mr Auimatagi provided services at Kittens until late last month, when the venue’s ownership and the company agreed to part ways, Detective Inspector Campbell said.

One of the venue’s owners did not return a request for comment.

Police have investigated reports that a Comanchero associate was bashed badly by Mr Auimatagi’s guards when he was kicked out of a CBD venue last year, and whether this resulted in an escalation of attacks on security.

The bashing happened about a month before Mr Auimatagi was shot, but his business partner said last month he was not convinced the Comanchero associate was linked.

The man was released from prison early last year, after being jailed in relation to a vicious bashing at another strip club.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 老域名购买.

Comments are closed.