That's enough of that, police say.
Boston Police report no more looking the other way at the packs of wheelie-popping mini-bikers that roam the city on weekends from Hyde Park to the Back Bay - which, granted, is what they said in 2011, too.
On Saturday afternoon, police say, officers looking specifically for dirt bikers and ATV riders wound up arresting three people and, along with the Fire Department, ordered "17 recreational vehicles in various stages of repair" removed from 14 Tampa St. in Mattapan:
Officers observed many of the vehicles leaning against the house, fence, and stored under the house porch. The officers believed that these vehicles, which are known to contain gasoline, petroleum, and oil, were causing a hazard near the dwelling and responded to the residence to investigate.
Officers spoke with the individuals outside the house and, upon further investigation, found 17 recreational vehicles in various stages of repair, as well as numerous engines and engine parts improperly stored inside and around the above property. Officers also discovered several registration plates and an engine that had been previously reported stolen. Upon the order of the Boston Fire Department, all improperly stored vehicles and items were removed from the property. The stolen items were also seized by the officers.
Police say riders can expect similar crackdowns as officers respond to complaints from residents fed up with "reckless and unsafe operation of these vehicles, and recent motor vehicle accidents involving severe injuries to the operators of recreational vehicles."
Police add the Hyde Park academy is now training officers in how to identify "the various methods in which recreational vehicles are unsafely stored near or inside of dwellings, and how this may result in numerous hazardous building code violations."
Only one of the three men arrested was actually charged with anything related to the equipment - Tyrone Searcy, 36, of Mattapan faces charges of receiving stolen property worth more than $250. Philip Edwards, 24, of Malden, was arrested for three outstanding warrants, while Ruben Casseus, 22, of Hyde Park was charged with having an open container of alcohol in public.
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