The American Outlaws Association has been losing clubhouses at an alarming rate this month.
On September 16, fully patched members and associates of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Marshals Service and the Fort Wayne Police Department raided and seized the Fort Wayne, Indiana Outlaws clubhouse at 1202 W. Main Street.
The raid was the culmination of a civil forfeiture that resulted from a 2012 federal case in the Southern District of Indiana titled United States of America v. Joshua N. Bowser et al. The indictment followed a three-year-long undercover investigation. It was a largely overblown case intended to make headlines. The clubhouse was ordered forfeited in August 2013.
Multiple members of the club protested the forfeiture in various appeals in 2013 and 2014 arguing that the building had not been bought with money earned from criminal activity. The clubhouse’s fate was sealed when it turned out that the actual owners of the building, Thomas and Carol Offerle, were dead. Carol Offerle died in 1998. Thomas Offerle died in 2011. The last Outlaw vacated the building sometime in the last year. Police broke down the rear door anyway and issued a press release.
Indianapolis And Paris
In a related forfeiture, about 60 federal agents swarmed the Outlaws clubhouse in Indianapolis on September 11. That clubhouse is actually a multi-building compound. A Swat team and a bomb unit checked the building for booby traps but found none. Police issued a press release for that seizure, too.
Members of the club had occupied the buildings up until Labor Day when they removed their barbecues and the last of their possessions and left.
Three days after the Indianapolis raid, the AOA clubhouse in Paris, Tennessee burned to the ground. The fire was reported at 4:45 a.m. on September 14. State arson investigators have not yet determined a cause of the fire. Damage was estimated at $40,000.