This past weekend, Friday, September 16th through Sunday September 18th, the Boston Police Auto Theft Unit in a coordinated effort with officers assigned to District C-6 (South Boston) and members of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center conducted an operation to address criminal drag racing in the area of New Market Square in South Boston.
Since February of 2016, there has been a steady increase in this type of activity amid growing concerns from local community members. During these illegal events, large crowds have gathered to watch numerous vehicles including modified cars, trucks, ATV’s and dirt bikes race one another. In the past, any attempts at overt police enforcement resulted in the crowd dispersing in mass, allowing the perpetrators to flee the scene undetected. During this operation, officers were able to gather intelligence on the participants and organizers. As a result they have issued approximately seventy five motor vehicle citations, thirty five criminal complaint applications and have filed Immediate Threat Reports to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to have the licenses of the operators and/or owners of the vehicles revoked. The participants were found to have come from all over the Commonwealth including the North Shore, Lowell, Everett, Lynn as well as local Boston residents.