MATTAPOISETT — Mattapoisett police caught two suspects in a motorcycle theft Monday night following a lengthy car and foot chase that ended in Fairhaven.

Donnie Moniz, 18, of New Bedford and Rory Santos-Barrows Jr., 22, of East Freetown were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property after police chased them down in a U-Haul that allegedly contained a motorcycle reported as stolen.

Santos-Barrows Jr., who was allegedly driving the truck, was also charged with multiple motor vehicle violations.

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At around 9:48 p.m. Monday, Wareham police put out a call alerting local law enforcement that they were looking for a U-Haul truck thought to be involved in the theft of a motorcycle.

Mattapoisett police said one of their officers saw the truck leave I-195 westbound heading south on North Street.

The pursuit began after the officer attempted to stop the U-Haul with lights and sirens.

When the truck started heading west on Route 6 towards Fairhaven, officers notified Fairhaven police.

One Fairhaven officer deployed stop sticks, deflating all four tires on the U-Haul, according to police.

The truck eventually stopped in the parking lot of 4 David Drown Blvd., at which point police said the driver and a passenger both fled on foot.

They were both arrested after a short chase.


Police recovered a motorcycle valued at around $17,000 and later returned it to its owner.

According to the Mattapoisett Police Department, communities across the region have seen a "drastic" increase in the theft of high-end motorcycles.

Both suspects are set to be arraigned at Wareham's 4th District Court today.

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