Monday, July 19, 2010
Hell Angels and Theft
The Robert Thomas case was another eye opener for me. He's a Hells Angel with a long history of theft and break and enter. I never really envisioned the Hells Angels to be petty thieves before. We know that Maurice Boucher was convicted of armed rape right before he joined the Hells Angels but low life thieves? Who would have thought.
One former member of the Spokane chapter, Rodney Lee Rollness, was convicted of murder, racketeering, conspiracy to commit racketeering and several other crimes, including trafficking in stolen motorcycles.
In fact the president of that chapter, Richard “Smilin’ Rick” Fabel, was convicted of of federal racketeering and conspiracy charges. U.S. District Court Judge said Fabel controlled a criminal enterprise based in Spokane “that preyed on vulnerable people.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney said Fabel was a master of “taking what he wanted from whoever he wanted and having his gang of thugs to get away with it,” Lang said.
Shane Kirton, a 39-year-old member of the Hells Angels allegedly ran a stolen-goods fence ring out of an Assiniboia home, dealing in everything from outdoor gas barbeques and fishing rods to decorative sidewalk lights, police said Thursday.