Update: Man arrested with stolen car, firearms, in connection with missing juvenile

Nov 9, 2019

A 19-year-old Wareham man was arrested on Friday night following a bizarre series of events, including a stolen car and weapons and a missing girl.

Tyler Rakoski was arrested when police found him driving a 2007 Jeep Liberty which had been stolen from New York, a prosecutor explained in Wareham District Court on Tuesday. In clear view on the floor of the backseat were three rifles and a shotgun, which had also been stolen. 

The vehicle and guns had been stolen from the grandparents of the 15-year-old girl who, along with three others, had driven it to Wareham from Cameron, New York. Cameron is a small town in western New York, about a seven hour drive away.

The individuals had driven the Jeep to the house on Wareham Lake Shore Drive where Rakoski had been living with his friend and the friend’s family. Rakoski didn’t want the vehicle and guns, which he knew were stolen, to be on that property, so he drove the Jeep away with the intent to dispose of it. 

Police then went to the home and, as officers knocked on the front door, 18-year-old Shawn Ely attempted to escape out a back window before being arrested for an active warrant. Ely did not appear in court on Tuesday.

Inside the home, police located the missing girl, who was unharmed, and was later reunited with her family. 

Rakoski was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, four counts of possession of a firearm without a permit, and four counts of receiving stolen property.

Rakoski, who has since moved back in his mother, was ordered to stay away from and have no contact with any of the people involved in the incident. He also will be fitted with a GPS monitor and required to be at his mother’s house between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. every night. He was also ordered not to possess any dangerous weapons, including rifles, firearms, and knives.