State, local police arrest 3 allegedly part of R.I. ‘auto theft crew’

An investigation into more suspects is ongoing.

State police have arrested three people in connection with what they’re calling an “auto theft crew,” based in Rhode Island, which authorities believe is responsible for stealing vehicles, as well as rims and tires off vehicles, in a bunch of communities south of Boston.

The three arrests came after multiple vehicle crashes and searches for those allegedly involved, police said.

Kemoni L. Mitchell, 21, Joshua D. Tangui, 26, and Marcos A. Torres, 24, all of Providence, are being charged. They were scheduled for arraignment in Stoughton District Court on Wednesday; the charges were to be read during the proceeding, according to state police.

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State police were working with local police from Hanover, Sharon, Braintree, and North Attleborough. It was around 7 p.m. Tuesday that officers were monitoring an area in Dedham and approached two vehicles with suspects inside; both vehicles fled the scene, officials said.

Police didn’t “actively pursue” either vehicle, but later heard that both had crashed in Sharon — one on Cottage Street, the other on Beach Street. Suspects took off on foot from both scenes, but police were able to track down one suspect with a Sharon K-9 unit; he was brought to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton.

Police then began searching for the other suspects in the area. Around 8:20 p.m., state police and Sharon police found a Jeep Compass near Sharon High School, which fled onto I-95 southbound when officers approached it, officials said. Police chased the vehicle, which crashed near Exit 4 in North Attleborough. Suspects in the vehicle took off on foot, according to authorities.

Police found two more suspects who allegedly fled from the first two crashes, officials said, but were unable to find the suspect, or suspects, who fled the scene of the Jeep crash.

“That suspect or suspects are the focus of ongoing investigation,” police said.

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