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.

Get our free mobile app

 

 

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.

Bristol Vintage Car Show Pays Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

A group of classic car owners came together recently in Bristol, Rhode Island to pay tribute to Vietnam veteran heroes.

Friday Night Lights High School Football Action

Each week, we'll upload new photos from our Friday Night Lights featured game of the week.