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Boston police confiscate 13 mopeds, arrest 3 in Back Bay

By meerna Jul11,2024
Boston police confiscate 13 mopeds, arrest 3 in Back Bay

On July 8, police confiscated several mopeds.

Boston police recovered and confiscated 13 mopeds for “various offenses” in the Back Bay on Monday, the department said. Officers made three arrests in connection with the vehicles.

After receiving complaints from residents, BPD assigned officers to patrol the Back Bay and South End areas, with a focus on unregistered mopeds and scooters, the department said.

Thomas Gomez-Vera, 21, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and misdemeanor moped-related offenses. After pulling him over, officers told Gomez-Vera his moped was unregistered and uninsured, the department said. He allegedly tried to flee on his scooter but ran into two other officers, who stopped him after what BPD called a “brief struggle.” He will likely be charged with four counts related to his arrest in Boston Municipal Court.

Police arrested two other people during the same patrol, the department said. Officers charged one suspect with operating a motor vehicle without a license and the other with receiving a stolen motor vehicle. The arrests are unrelated, BPD said.

Mayor Michelle Wu specifically announced a crackdown on “off-road vehicles and ‘loudspeaker cars’” in the city’s summer safety plan this year, saying mopeds can “create dangerous situations.” Massachusetts state law allows mopeds in bike lanes but not on open city streets.

Boston city officials recently urged food delivery companies to encourage drivers to drive safely, as many rely primarily on mopeds and scooters for transportation.

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