The widow of slain Rebels bikie Nick Martin was robbed during the funeral service for her husband.
The bikie boss copped a single gunshot wound to his torso at the Outlaw Nitro Challenge drag racing event at Kwinana Beach in Perth earlier this month.
The public execution is believed to have been carried out by a sniper in a highly-orchestrated assassination in front of horrified families and children, including Martin’s wife Amanda and step-daughter Stacey Schoppe.
Martin was laid to rest on Wednesday, with hundreds of mourners including dozens of Rebels members, turning out to pay their respects to the 51-year-old.
While this was happening a heartless thief was captured on CCTV jumping the fence to break into a Rockingham home to steal from the grieving Martin family.
CCTV captured a thief jumping a fence (pictured) to break into a home in Rockingham to steal from Nick Martin’s widow Amanda during the slain bikie’s funeral
Rebels bikie gang boss Nick Martin (pictured with his wife Amanda) was gunned down at a drag racing event in Perth on Saturday night
A police source said up to $20,000 in cash belonging to Ms Martin was stolen from a safe inside the home, which belongs to relatives of the family, The West Australian reported.
The time stamp on the CCTV footage shows the burglary occurred during Martin’s funeral, though the family have denied there was a robbery at the address.
There were incredible scenes on Wednesday as hundreds of bikies from the Rebels and other clubs formed an extremely long motorcade to farewell Martin before he was laid to rest at Pinnaroo Cemetery in Perth’s north.
A massive police presence shadowed the bikies with a police marksman hanging out of a helicopter – as fears of an all out gang war grow in Western Australia.
At the front of the procession was four riders followed by a motorcycle carrying Martin’s coffin, which had Australian $100 notes printed all over it.
The coffin-carrying motorcycle was flying the Rebels club ‘battle flag’ – a US Confederate flag with a cap-wearing skull and a one per cent patch.
Ms Martin speaks at her husband’s funeral at the same time that thieves stole $20,000 in cash belonging to her from a safe in a family friend’s home in Rockingham
Hundreds of bikies from the Rebels and other clubs attended Martin’s funeral on Wednesday
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Three black hearses then followed before giving way to two rows of motorcycles and a vintage black limousine.
Police cars and motorcycles could be seen at the back of the procession, slowing other traffic down to make room for the motorcade.
The procession began in North Perth at 10am before moving along the coast down to the Pinnaroo Cemetery where the service was held in the afternoon.
The mob of leather-clad outlaws rode down Scarborough Beach Road along the West Coast Highway under police escort, before heading to the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park.
A police sniper also kept a watchful eye on the procession from a helicopter as the patched gang members headed south to say their final farewells.
A motorcade follows the coffin of Rebels bikie Nick Martin into Pinnaroo Cemetery during Wednesday’s funeral
Western Australian Police said it was the most significant and well-planned security operation in the state since the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2011.
Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral was capped at 500 and no visitors from New South Wales were permitted to attend due to the Northern Beaches Covid outbreak.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan told 6PR radio ‘any of these bikies or bikie associates from NSW will not be coming – so that’s a good thing’.
For those who couldn’t be there, the service was livestreamed through Facebook.
Martin’s daughter Tia fought back tears when she described her father as a ‘teddy bear’ and her ‘rock’.
She also said that at times he may have had a ‘slight temper on occasions’.
Others spoke about Martin’s well-known love of food and the ‘loyalty’ he showed to his mates.
Many men had patches on their jackets to indicate their allegiances to various bikie organisations
‘He had a memory like an elephant,’ a close friend said during a eulogy.
‘He was loyal to a fault.’
While police helped with the funeral procession, they earlier vowed to outnumber the bikies at the event earlier on Wednesday.
‘You really don’t have anything to fear, police will outnumber everybody in the area,’ Assistant Commissioner Brad Royce told reporters.
Officers warned residents to avoid the area and said there will be a no-tolerance to any traffic violation from mourning bikies.
The brazen nature of Martin’s execution which also injured another Rebels gang member and a five-year-old boy, who was sitting on his parent’s lap nearby, has authorities desperately seeking answers.
Police have offered a $1million reward for information that leads to an arrest.
But while police have focused their attention on local bikies one of Australia’s foremost experts on outlaw motorcycle gangs said the brazen attack does not have any of the hallmarks of ‘bikie activity’.
One of the possible shooter locations at the Perth Motorplex. A long shot would indicate a sniper, experts say
‘If this was a dispute between clubs or an internal conflict within a club, it wouldn’t have happened this way,’ Queensland University of Technology associate professor of criminology Mark Lauchs told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It would be a much more public confrontation or they would have ambushed him. It’s not common to kill people in other OMGs over what they call – club business.’
He suspects a professional shooter from another organised crime outfit carried out the attack with an interstate assassin.
‘Based on other cases in Australia where someone has been intentionally killed and not accidentally killed in a drive-by – it’s usually associated with organised crime rather than OMGs,’ Prof Lauchs said.
‘It would be very unusual for an OMG to carry out this kind of attack.’
Prior to his death, Martin was a well-known identity in Perth’s underworld and had survived a series of attacks.
Emergency services at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night shortly after Martin was shot in front of horrified families
He was shot in the arm while arriving at his Balcatta home, in Perth’s northern suburbs, in March 2011.
At the time the Rebels were locked in a feud with the Rock Machine Gang and its member Benjamin Spikes was convicted over the shooting.
One year later Martin’s Balcatta home was the target of another attack and his car was firebombed.
Martin was also allegedly involved in a brawl with a Hells Angels bikie at The Sandbar, in Scarborough, on November 24.
Security cameras filmed two men speaking with each other and shaking hands before a fight broke out involving staff and patrons at the trendy beachside bar.
Pub goers could be seen in the footage running away from the scuffle as furniture was tossed around the bar during the violent fight.
Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting the two incidents are linked.