Streit 'typhoon' armoured personnel carrier
|A Canadian company criticized heavily by the UN for selling armored patrol vehicles in war-torn African nations has had controversial clients closer to home. The heavily promoted, rising star in the export market counts Canadian gangsters as their clients.|
The Innisfil, Ontario company was responsible for adding armoured plates to a BMW 745i, leased to the Bacon brothers.
The bullet-proof glass in the seized car was nearly four centimetres thick.
|The BMW 745i, which weighs more than a one-ton truck, was found abandoned in February 2009. The car was leased to the Bacon brothers by Four Star Auto Lease in Coquitlam.|
Police later seized several other armoured luxury vehicles leased to the brothers.
Jamie, Jonathan and Jarrod Bacon
|In late 2006 Streit sold two armoured SUVs — a Nissan Armada and a Toyota 4Runner — to an associate of the Rizzuto family. The records were filed as part of the case against Francesco Del Balso|
An ex-employee said the company has done little business in Canada over the last few years, with the exception of modifying luxury vehicles with bulletproof glass and armoured plates in a process known as "up-armouring."
Francesco (Chit) Del Balso