Brian Souza, 30, and Seth Medeiros, 25, both of Fall River were arrested Saturday afternoon around 3:45 p.m. after they said they rented the bikes from a man at Second Beach who was wearing a top hat. The bicycles had been reported stolen from Surfers' End an hour earlier.
An officer spotted Souza and Medeiros riding the two 21 speed Outpost’s near East Main Road and Island Drive.
Souza told the officer he had rented the bicycles for fifteen dollars for four hours from a man who wore a top hat. When the officer asked what he meant by a top hat, he reportedly said, “a hat like Gilligan would wear.”
Police searched the area but could not find a man that fit the description.
The complaints were contacted and went to the Middletown Police Station to identify the bicycles. Souza and Medeiros were charged with a misdemeanor of receiving stolen goods.
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