Tag Archives: Mick Gatto

The Guy Who Chases Crooks: Inside The Victoria Police Purana Taskforce

March 11, 2016 It was 20 years ago when a young homicide detective learned a bitter lesson about gangsters, murders and the consequences of cutting corners. Which is you can never go off half-cocked at a cocky crook, particularly one … Continue reading

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PIZZA RESTAURANTS SPRAYED WITH GUNFIRE

Friday November 1 2013 – Three Woodstock restaurants operated by champion pizza maker Tony Cannata, were sprayed with bullets in an hour of drive-by mayhem on Wednesday night. Last night, Mr Cannata remained shaken. His Woodstocks in Fitzroy and Carlton … Continue reading

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POLICE SEEK TO EXTRADITE MATCH-FIXERS

Tuesday September 17 2013 – Police are seeking to extradite overseas members of a multimillion-dollar match-fixing syndicate, including a Singaporean middleman, that has rocked Australian sport. The development comes as authorities examine whether match-fixing has spread outside the Victorian Premier … Continue reading

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GATTO PAL FEARS FOR LIFE AFTER TAPE LEAK – Sunday July 28 2013

– A covert recording of a conversation between gangland figure Matt Tomas and detectives from Victoria Police’s Purana Taskforce about a sensitive murder investigation has been leaked to Melbourne’s underworld, including members of outlaw motorcycle gangs. Mr Tomas, who is … Continue reading

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CAR LINKED TO GANGLAND MURDER – Wednesday July 17 2013

– A convicted armed robber, who police believe was shot dead in April 2004, has been linked to the gangland murder of Graham The Munster Kinniburgh, who was gunned down four months earlier. Terrence Leigh Blewitt, a former boxer and … Continue reading

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MOKBEL ASSOCIATE HIT WITH $2.6 MILLION TAX BILL – Sunday July 14 2013

– A Melbourne woman accused of laundering criminal proceeds on behalf of the Mokbel drug empire has been served with a $2.6 million tax bill by the Australian Taxation Office. Irene Meletsis, 46, of Fitzroy, was served with a writ … Continue reading

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BIKIE BOSS AND HIS GUN RUNNING MATES – Wednesday July 3 2013

– Bikie boss Amad “Jay” Malkoun, who served more than a decade in jail for heroin trafficking, has alleged links with a gang of arms traders. A Herald Sun investigation has uncovered alleged connections between Comanchero boss Malkoun and a … Continue reading

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MEET BERNIE THE ATTORNEY – Saturday June 1 2013

– Bernie “the Attorney” Balmer jokes about running away from the gunshots the day a hitman killed Raymond Patrick Bennett in the old City Court in 1979, when young Balmer was a clerk of courts. “I could have won the … Continue reading

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BIKIES IN STANDOVER BID ON BUILDER – Thursday May 23 2013

– A senior Comanchero and two other members of the outlaw bikie club barged into the family home of one of Australia’s leading builders in a suspected standover attempt to force the construction firm owner to pay a disputed debt. … Continue reading

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RIVERINA ALERT FOR MURDERER – Thursday May 16 2013

– Australia’s most wanted fugitive may be working as a fruit picker on the Victoria-NSW border. Graham Gene Potter, 55, who has been in the run for three years, is facing charges of conspiracy to murder and is also wanted … Continue reading

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