City suspends business license for owner facing stolen property trial

Publish Date: 
May 30, 2012

The Board of Selectmen in Swansea, Mass., has pulled the plug on Adrenaline Cycle’s business license after the owner was charged with 15 counts of receiving stolen property.

Shop owner Justin Torres was to surrender his business license to the city this morning after a decision Tuesday night to indefinitely suspend it. The board will revisit the suspension after Torres is tried in Second District Court in mid-June, according to the News Herald. The shop, which employs eight to 10 people, is closed pending disposition of that case.

If he is found not guilty, the board, as the town’s licensing authority, may choose to reinstate the license.

Police Chief George Arruda and Officer Patrick Mooney appeared before the board to report the department had found a John Deere Gator utility vehicle with an altered VIN and several allegedly stolen parts, mostly engines, in a search of the shop March 1. Torres, who claims this is a new aspect of his business, also did not have records of the purchases.

Arruda recommended that the board revoke Adrenaline Cycle’s license permanently. Torres may seek to reopen the repair part of the business, but the board may require concessions such as giving up the sales part of the business.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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