'Bikie' trio front court
Three men police claim have links to the Hells Angels bikie gang have been granted bail in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.
The three were part of a group of seven men arrested in police raids across Melbourne on Wednesday on charges ranging from theft to conduct endangering life.
Police raided on at least 15 properties on Wednesday, largely in Melbourne's north, in a bid to halt an escalating dispute with rival gang the Bandidos.
Benjamin and Daniel Pegoraro, aged 23 and 27, of Epping, along with Lee Robert Whittaker, 29, of Whittlesea, were all granted bail at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday morning.
Azzam Halabi, 24, of Thomastown, who was charged with the three at an out-of-sessions hearing late on Wednesday, did not appear.
Whittaker was charged with five counts of handling stolen goods and one of possessing a prohibited imitation weapon. The stolen goods were motor vehicles, the court was told.
Daniel Pegoraro was charged with two counts of handling stolen goods, namely two caravans worth about $160,000 in total. He was a father of four young children who lived with their mother in Watsonia, the court heard.
Benjamin Pegoraro was charged with eight counts of handling stolen goods and three counts of theft, the court heard. The allegedly stolen property amounted to over $1 million, and included caravans, watercraft, boats and heavy machinery. He was released on bail with a $25,000 surety.
All three men were ordered to report to their local police station several times per week, were ordered to surrender their passports, and ordered to visit any airports or seaports.
Of the three other men arrested in Wednesday's raids, two have been charged and released on bail, while a third was released pending further police inquiries.