The homicide squad is investigating whether a missing Geelong man has been kidnapped and killed after stealing guns from a prominent bikie gang member.
Paul Kingsbury, who has been convicted of drug and firearm related offences, went missing more than two weeks ago from a property in Moolap, outside Geelong.
Detectives believe Kingsbury, 27, may have stolen guns from a bikie gang member only days before he went missing. A prominent member of the Bandidos lives near the property where Kingsbury was abducted. The bikie was a close friend of Ross Brand, who was gunned down by Rebels members outside the Bandidos clubhouse in the Geelong suburb of Breakwater in 2008.
The Bandido was charged with drugs and weapons offences after a .22 rifle, a sawn-off shotgun, shotgun cartridges, a dagger, pocket knife, a pen pistol, ammunition, a crossbow and air rifle were found at his property in 2009.
Police are also investigating other lines of inquiry that are not bikie-related.
A police spokeswoman confirmed that Kingsbury, from Leopold, had been missing since July 6 and the disappearance was being investigated by the homicide squad's missing persons unit.
"The disappearance appears out of character and police are concerned for his welfare," she said.
"As the investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."
Despite the Rebels' presence in Geelong, the disappearance is not linked to tensions between gangs.
It is unclear whether Kingsbury had deliberately targeted the gang member's house.
A court heard last year that Kingsbury had been found with two rifles with serial numbers ground off, a Holden ute with false South Australian number plates, and various chemicals and drug-related items when police searched his Leopold home in 2012. He had been addicted to ice at the time. Kingsbury was also convicted of the bashing of four taxi drivers in 2011.
Kingsbury had previously worked as a concreter.
Kingsbury's family said they would not comment at this stage of the investigation.
A family friend, who did not want to be named, said Kingsbury was a "loving father" to a young daughter.
The friend said Kingsbury's life had spiralled downwards from his drug use.
"He was a really good person, it's just the last couple of years," the friend said.
"We couldn't keep up with it, we didn't realise how far down he'd gone."
Anyone with information needs to phone Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000....