Stolen vehicle recovered, alleged thief arrested

Sep 25, 2022

A New Bedford man operating a stolen car was arrested after being located at the Moby Dick Motel on Friday, Dartmouth police said.

According to police, an officer spotted 33-year-old Douglas Torchia inside the parked car, which was said to not belong to the New Bedford resident.

Torchia was arrested at the scene. During a search, police said investigators found a spring-loaded double-edged blade on Torchia.

As a result, Torchia was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon, receiving stolen property, and receiving a stolen credit card.

He also had two outstanding warrants for larceny of a motor vehicle.