The District of West Kelowna council unanimously opted to cancel Cycle Logic Ltd.’s business licence Tuesday evening.
Mayor Doug Findlater said it was the first time West Kelowna has cancelled a business licence due to suspected criminal activity.
“This is a very rare occurrence for any municipality,” said Findlater.
Sgt. Alex Lynch, in charge of the Kelowna detachment’s street enforcement units, told council RCMP became involved in an investigation of John Edward Newcome and his business, Cycle Logic, in June 2012.
“As a result of a complex investigation, in August 2012 search warrants were executed at his business and personal residence,” said Lynch.
Police seized over $750,000 worth of stolen goods, including: An Mastercraft boat and trailer, a Polaris Racer 570 ATV, a Speedex key cutting machine, a key programmer and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
“To this day, we continue to investigate items that we did recover from that property. We’ve discovered a complicated web of fraudulent documents,” said Lynch.
“The investigation stemmed through the western provinces, resulting in charges against individuals in Alberta as well.”
Mounties determined members of the Hells Angels, and associate biker gangs the Throttle Lockers and Kingpin Crew, were implicated in a trafficking scheme operated out of the West Kelowna motorcycle shop.
According to a police report, the shop allegedly took in stolen vehicles, modified Vehicle Identification Numbers and then re-sold them in markets outside of the Okanagan.
Newcome was arrested and charged with 15 counts of Possession of Stolen Property Over $5,000 and seven counts of Trafficking of Stolen Property Over $5,000.
Newcome was given an opportunity to speak in his company’s defence at Tuesday’s council meeting; however, he didn’t attend the meeting.
“Based on the information presented to us today, and within staff’s report, I think it’s in the best interest of the municipality that council cancel the business licence,” said Coun. Gord Milsom.