Revealed: How Melbourne's Apex Gang Are Recruiting Members
APEX gang members are being offered luxury hotel rooms, cash and cocaine as rewards for committing terrifying armed robberies; a court has heard.
Police are saying the prizes that are being linked to a black market network that is onselling stolen cars in Melbourne’s south-east.
The claims were heard at a bail application for a 17-year-old boy who is accused of helping to plan and undertake armed robberies of jewellery stores in Coburg and the CBD.
Police are alleging that the violent smash-and-grabs were masterminded by Mahmoud Taha, who then treated the young robbers with cash, drugs and luxury accommodation.
“They are rewarded with lavish hotel rooms and cocaine and ecstasy by Taha,” a detective told a children’s magistrate yesterday.
The 17-year-old cannot be named but was charged with armed robbery, car theft and criminal damage of up to $200,000.
Police fear that if the boy is set free from the charges he will just pick up where he left off.
The boy was bailed on strict conditions, including a mobile phone and social media ban.