At about 6:25 PM Sunday, October 25, 2015, Investigators assigned to the Boston Police Auto Theft task Force, officers from District B-3 (Mattapan) and Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers arrested seven suspects while seizing seven dirt bikes at two separate locations in Mattapan. Officers were conducting surveillance of a large group of off road vehicles which were operating in violation of the auto laws and refusing to stop for police. Officer across the city have received numerous complaints from residents regarding the wantonly reckless behavior of such groups. Officers followed five of the riders to the rear parking lot of a building at 1020 Harvard Street where they observed the suspects loading the bikes into the back of a U-Haul truck. Officers placed all five suspects in custody without incident and seized the dirt bikes as well as the U-Haul truck and a pickup truck belonging to one of the suspects. The suspects were identified as Jonathan Frye, 26, of East Falmouth, Brenden Mendes, 21, of Wareham, Casey McElroy, 28, of East Falmouth, Sean Aylmer, 18, of Cataumet and Domenick Hicks, 19, of Mashpee. The suspects will appear in Dorchester District Court on multiple motor vehicle violations including Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License, Failure to Stop for a Police Officer and Driving to Endanger.
As those suspects were being placed under arrest, additional units observed two other suspects placing their dirt bikes into the rear bed of a pickup truck in the area of 24 Tennis Road. Officers stopped the truck nearby on Almont Street and placed both suspects in custody without incident. Officers then seized the two bikes and towed the pickup truck. The suspects were both identified as 17 year old juvenile males, one from Canton the other from Abington. The suspects will appear in Dorchester Juvenile Court on multiple Delinquent to Wit motor vehicle violations.
These arrests come after a summer long effort to address quality of life issues pertaining to the unlawful operation of these kind of off road vehicles on the streets of Boston. After listening to concerns from residents throughout the city, Commissioner Evans made it a priority to take these dirt bikes, motor scooters and ATV’s off the streets and out of the neighborhoods. To date, the Boston Police Department has seized over two hundred of these vehicles in a coordinated effort involving the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit, HAZMAT Unit, the Environmental Police, the Boston Fire Department and the City of Boston Inspectional Services Unit.
Commissioner Evans continues to encourage the community to inform the police when they observe these types of dangerous vehicles and to report any locations where they may be stored. Community members wishing to make an anonymous tip can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous manner.