Three men suspected of being part of a crew who stole autos and tires from communities south of Boston were arraigned Wednesday, while police continued trying to identify a suspect or suspects who crashed a car in Attleboro Tuesday night and got away.
The suspects who were apprehended were arraigned in Stoughton District Court on charges stemming from two separate car crashes in Sharon Tuesday night.
They were identified by state police as Kemoni L. Mitchell, 21, Joshua D. Tangui, 26, and Marcos A. Torres, 24, all of Providence.
The suspects were charged with being accessories after the fact, and Tangui was also charged with driving without a license, driving to endanger and failing to stop for police, according to court records.
Bail was set at $5,000 for Torres and Mitchell while bail for Tangui was set at $7,500. All are due back in court on Dec. 6.
At least one suspect fled after crashing a Jeep on Interstate 95 South in Attleboro in the area of I-295. Attleboro and North Attleboro police assisted state police in the search but no suspects were found.
The suspects are believed to be part of a crew out of Rhode Island thought to be responsible for stealing autos, tires and rims in several communities south of Boston, state police said.
Attleboro Detective Lt. Tim Cook Jr. said Wednesday that police are investigating whether the suspects are connected to a group believed to have stolen tires and rims from cars in Attleboro and at commuter rail parking lots.
State troopers and police were conducting surveillance in Dedham about 7 p.m. Tuesday when officers approached two vehicles, an Audi and a Chevrolet Suburban, but both vehicles fled, according to state police.
Police did not actively pursue either vehicle, but both crashed separately in Sharon before the suspects fled on foot. One man was found injured nearby and taken in custody to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, police said.
While searching for the suspects, a Sharon police K-9 unit spotted a Jeep Compass outside Sharon High School about 8:20 p.m. When the officer approached, the Jeep sped onto I-95 South with police in pursuit.
It crashed on Interstate 95 near I-295 in Attleboro, and the occupant or occupants fled the scene, police said.
The vehicles involved in the crashes were taken to state police facilities as part of the ongoing investigation.
Hanover and Braintree Police were also involved in the investigation and the hours-long search.