At about 4:14 PM on Monday, February 1, 2016, officers from District B-2 (Roxbury) responded to a call for a large group of dirt bikes distressing motorists and disrupting traffic in the area of Atherton Street in Roxbury.
On arrival, officers learned that the dirt bikes were last seen near a U-Haul storage facility in the area of 989 Mass Ave. While canvassing the area, officers observed a blue Yamaha dirt bike in front of a U-Haul container and a male pushing a second dirt bike into the storage facility. Officers promptly stopped their cruiser to further investigate their observations. A search of the containers enabled officers to see and seize nine off-road vehicles including several dirt bikes and motor scooters. Additionally, officers observed several improperly stored gas cans. In light of the obvious and immediate fire hazard presented by the gas cans, Boston Fire and Boston Police Hazmat Units were promptly called to the scene. Once on scene, Boston Fire ordered the vehicles, all nine of them, to be removed from the property. Officers also received information indicating that several of the bikes may have been stolen. The incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been reported at this time.