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16 off-road vehicles seized at Boston housing developments

Boston Police Department

Police on Thursday morning seized 16 illegal off-road vehicles that were allegedly being stored improperly at Boston housing developments.

Investigators said the operation was intended to cut down on the number of dirtbikes, four-wheelers, and other vehicles that they say cause havoc on city streets.

“These vehicles have come to represent a constant annoyance in the city’s neighborhoods because individuals operate them dangerously throughout public ways and parks,” Boston Police said in a statement.

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The seizures happened at the West Broadway housing development in South Boston, the Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development also in South Boston, the Franklin Field Housing Development in Dorchester, Gallivan Housing Development in Mattapan, and Fairmount Housing Development in Hyde Park.

The operation was the first phase of an operation that includes Boston Housing Authority Police, state environmental police, Boston code enforcement, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, according to Boston police.

Maddie Kilgannon can be reached at maddie.kilgannon@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaddieKilgannon.