Thank you to Jan Ransom of the Boston Globe for highlighting the ongoing effort of the Boston Police Department to alleviate the problem of illegal off-road vehicles on city streets.
Just a day after this article went to press, the Auto Theft Unit made yet another discovery of motor bikes being illegally and dangerously stored at a garage in Dorchester:
In collaboration with the Massachusetts Environmental Police, the BPD Auto Theft Unit has launched several investigations to address the numerous community complaints regarding off-road vehicles causing disturbances and operating illegally in Boston’s neighborhoods. At about 12:15 PM on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the Auto Theft Unit, MA Environmental Police, Hazmat, and BFD responded to 233 Hancock Street, Castillo Tire, to conduct an inspection of the premises.
Upon arrival, a Code Enforcement Inspector from the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department and a Boston firefighter observed numerous motorcycles and off-road vehicles parked at the curb which appeared to be for sale along with numerous off-road vehicles, scooters, and motorcycles in various states of repair on the property and inside the open bay door.
The inspector asked for the permits for the repair facility, and the individual who identified himself as being in charge indicated that there were no permits. There also were no permits for the sale of vehicles out front. The firefighter conducted his inspection and as a result issued a Boston Fire Department Abatement Order for the property and ordered all vehicles removed. Officers requested a tow to have all vehicles removed for safekeeping until the owners could retrieve them, as the repair shop did not keep a repair log with the owners’ information. The owners of several vehicles made themselves known and were allowed to remove their vehicles at their own labor and expense upon providing documentation proving ownership. The 24 remaining vehicles were removed from the premises until the owners could arrange to retrieve them.