On Thursday 6/29/2017, at approximately 3:25 pm Truro Police Department advised Wellfleet Police Department that they have an erratic operations complaint. A green Jeep with a California registration, reported to be travelling at a very high rate of speed (reported at 100 mph), passing vehicles travelling towards Wellfleet. Wellfleet officers stationed themselves on Route 6 by the Truro line. At approximately 3:35 pm, Wellfleet officers observed the green Jeep speeding and subsequently stopped and identified the operator as Matthew Locke, Oxnard, CA, 20 years of age.
During the motor vehicle stop, officers learned that his right to operate in MA was suspended and he had an outstanding arrest warrant. During the inventory of the vehicle, officers identified a Trek mountain bike, bolt cutters and a cut bicycle lock. Officer’s seized the items as possible evidence of a crime, and later learned that the bicycle was stolen from Provincetown.
Based on the above Locke was arrested for operating a vehicle after his rights were suspended and the outstanding warrant. The vehicle was towed to Orleans by a local tow company to be secured.
On 6/30/17 at approximately 5:30 am after being bailed and several angry phone calls from the above operator, Wellfleet PD became suspicious of possible criminal activity at the impound lot in Orleans. Wellfleet PD contacted Orleans PD to check the tow company for suspicious behavior. Orleans PD checked the business and located the above person within a gated compound driving around and that he attempted to remove his vehicle from the area. Orleans PD were able to gain access to the compound and place the party under arrest on their own charges.
Wellfleet & Provincetown PD are continuing the investigation of the stolen bike and other possible criminal activity. Future criminal charges may be forthcoming.
Chief R. Fisette