Detectives from Task Force Echo have charged nine men with links to the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang after two tattoo parlour fires were destroyed by fire in Melbourne’s east back in 2015.
Both tattoo shops, located on Warburton Highway in Seville and Hardy Street in Lilydale were completely destroyed by fire on 13 May 2015 with a damage bill of more than $250,000.
Nine men have all been charged with two counts of arson and aggravated burglary.
They are a 27-year-old Mooroolbark man, a 52-year-old Wandin man, a 23-year-old Launching Place man, a 24-year-old Ringwood man, a 33 year-old Lilydale man, a 42-year-old Edithvale man, a 38-year-old Thomastown man, a 45-year-old Monbulk man and a 28-year-old Mount Evelyn man.
The first six men will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
And the other three will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Victoria Police assure community can be “assured and confident” the police will continue “its strong focus on any criminal activities associated with rival Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and any other groups”.