SHARON, Mass. (WPRI) — Three suspected members of a Rhode Island-based auto theft crew were arrested overnight and police are still working to track down at least one more.
Joshua D. Tangui, 26, Kemoni L. Mitchell, 21, and Marcos A. Torres, 24, all of Providence, were arraigned Wednesday morning in Stoughton District Court.
Massachusetts State Police said the men are believed to be responsible for thefts of vehicles, as well as tires and rims, in several communities south of Boston.
Shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, troopers and officers conducting surveillance at a location in Sharon approached two suspect vehicles, which then fled the scene, according to police.
The police report obtained by Eyewitness News states one of the vehicles hit an unmarked state police cruiser with two troopers inside while trying to escape.
Police said they did not actively pursue either vehicle out of concern for public safety but continued to seek them out.
The two vehicles crashed separately in Sharon—one on Cottage Street and the other on Beach Street—and police said both suspects ran off afterward. Tangui was soon found nearby and transported in custody to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton to be treated for injuries.
Around 8:20 p.m., a K-9 unit observed a Jeep Compass outside Sharon High School but when police approached the vehicle, it sped off and got onto I-95 southbound.
Police said they pursued the vehicle before it crashed near Exit 4 in North Attleboro and the suspects ran away.
After what state police describe as an “exhaustive multi-agency search,” Mitchell and Torres were captured overnight.
At least one more suspect who ran from the Jeep was not located despite an hours-long search, according to police.
State police said several vehicles were seized as part of the ongoing investigation, which also involves the Sharon, North Attleboro, Braintree and Hanover Police Departments.
Tangui was charged with accessory after the fact (to wit larceny of a motor vehicle), failure to stop for police, operating to endanger and unlicensed operation.
Mitchell and Torres were charged only as accessories after the fact.
All three were ordered to stay away from the MBTA commuter rail lots in Dedham and Sharon which, according to the police report, are frequently targeted for motor vehicle thefts.