Boston Police report arresting five Cape men Sunday on a variety of charges, including operating motor vehicles without a license, after they allegedly ripped up the streets of Mattapan on dirt bikes - and as they were loading the bikes into a rental truck.
As officers were busy corralling those riders and their bikes, they noticed two more guys loading their bikes into a pickup nearby and wound up arresting them as well, police say. The pair of teens, one from Canton, one from Abington, were arrested as well, on various motor-vehicle charges.
Police say officers from the BPD auto-theft task force and District B-3 teamed up with state Environmental Police to look for stunting off-road drivers on Mattapan streets Sunday evening as part of an overall crackdown on illegal dirt bikes and ATVs.
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. 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 five Cape men, ranging in age from 18 to 28, listed addresses in Wareham, East Falmouth, Mashpee, and the Cataumet section of Bourne.