photo courtesy of vpd
A pair of large SUVs with reinforced steel panels and bulletproof glass, dubbed “rolling tanks” by police, were pulled from Lower Mainland roads in the past six weeks, the gang task force said yesterday.
On Nov. 14, a Cadillac Escalade, with bulletproof glass and a steel cage in the back, was pulled over at 160th and the Trans-Canada Highway in Surrey by RCMP and CN Police.
“It’s a rolling tank,” said Vancouver Insp. Dean Robinson of the integrated gang task force’s violence suppression team. “If it was to collide with a regular vehicle on the road, it’d be no contest.”
On Dec. 9, a second armoured vehicle, a Chevy Suburban, outfitted with strobe lights and a police siren, was pulled over in the 3200 block of East Georgia Street after the passenger threw a loaded pistol out the door.
“Being a gangster is a dangerous lifestyle, they travel in vehicles like this for self protection. … When they drive around in vehicles like this they feel invincible.”
However it’s not the fact that the vehicles are armoured that makes them illegal.
The weight of the steel armour makes the vehicles uninsurable and too heavy to be operated safely, Robinson said.
The Cadillac has been returned to its owners. The Suburban, which had its vehicle identification number removed is still impounded by Vancouver police.
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