A Marshfield, Massachusetts man has been arrested for allegedly setting a 40-foot lobster boat on fire and trying to escape in a stolen boat on the North River.
David Pongonis, 36, was arraigned Wednesday on charges including larceny, using a motor boat without authority and malicious and wonton damage or defacement of property.
Scituate police notified Marshfield authorities Wednesday at 5:50 a.m. they were responding to a boat fire in the South River. At the scene, the lobster boat was fully engulfed in flames and later sank, Marshfield police said.
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An investigation revealed another boat had been stolen from across the river and that it may have been used to flee the scene of the blaze.
Authorities used a drone and airplane to locate Pongonis. Police said the plane’s pilot spotted the stolen vessel in the North River near Route 3 before it was intercepted by police.
Pongonis was arraigned Wednesday and released on personal recognizance. The investigation is ongoing.