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Amherst Police Log for Dec. 29, 2017

Day-by-day police calls



Thursday, December 28, 2017
MONDAY, DEC. 18

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

3:14 a.m. – A man yelling outside Presidential Apartments was located and brought back to his Pine Street home.

4 p.m. – A Mill Valley Estates resident complained that a neighbor is smoking marijuana and the smoke is drifting into her apartment.

DISTURBANCES

6:07 p.m – A man creating a scene at a downtown restaurant while trying to use its bathroom was sent on his way.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

1:34 p.m.  – Two BB guns were turned over by a Colonial Village resident.

LARCENY

8:21 a.m. – A woman placing items into a bag at the CVS Pharmacy on North Pleasant Street fled. Police will try to identify the suspect and what she may have placed in the bag.

4:13 p.m. – Police took a report that a resident at The Arbors had $5,770 withdrawn from an account after someone forged the resident’s signature on a check.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

3:08 p.m. – One woman involved in a minor two-car accident at the intersection of Northampton Road and South Prospect Street exited her vehicle and told the other driver she would sue after suffering what she said was a back injury and soreness, and had just been at the chiropractor.

TRAFFIC

9:29 a.m. – Cardboard was observed flying out from a trash truck on West Street. The driver stopped the vehicle and removed the cardboard from the road.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

1:03 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted UMass Police in searching for a man fleeing on Lincoln Avenue with a computer stolen from the Isenberg School of Management, and being chased by a professor.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:42 a.m. – Police found a man sleeping in a downtown ATM. He was awoken and sent on his way.

9:13 a.m. – A man loitering near the bathroom building at Community Field was not located. There was no evidence anyone tried to get into the bathrooms, which are closed during the winter.

11:37 a.m. – Police removed a person obstructing traffic at the intersection of University Drive and Northampton Road.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

2:49 p.m. – A man walking on Puffer’s Pond ice was warned that the ice is not yet safe. He told officers that the ice is at least 5 inches thick.

9:49 p.m. – Police resolved a conflict between a tenant and a landlord at a downtown home over whether the tenant would be allowed to have a guest over while the landlord’s fiance was present.

DISTURBANCES

12:29 p.m. – Police kept the peace between South Amherst residents allegedly trespassing on each other’s properties.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

11:09 a.m. – A live round of ammunition found in a donation box on University Drive was turned over to police for destruction.

BREAK-INS

9:48 p.m. – A Brandywine Apartments resident told police she was gone for eight days and returned to find $200 in cash and a bottle of alcohol stolen. Though she locked the home, the front door and slider were both open upon her return, and the lights were on.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

1:16 p.m – Both vehicles were towed following a tw-car accident with no personal injuries on College Street, police said.

TRAFFIC

8:34 a.m. – Police assisted a driver whose vehicle got stuck in a snowbank on South East Street.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

9:07 p.m. – A Strong Street home sustained minimal damaged when an electrical issue caused a small fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire and police blocked the road to traffic.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:40 p.m. – Protesters in downtown Amherst being aggressive toward passers-by were reported to police. Police found no evidence of their alleged behavior.

5:45 p.m. – A couple engaged in inappropriate behavior inside a vehicle parked on Spring Street left before police got there.

LARCENY

5:10 p.m. – A package of dog food delivered to a South East Street home was reported stolen from the front porch.

VANDALISM

3:45 p.m. – The menorah on the Town Common was tipped over sometime after noon. It was not damaged and was set back onto its base.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

11:18 a.m. – A loose dog knocking over trash cans on Grantwood Drive was identified and returned to its home.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

5:04 a.m. – A Hartman Road resident called police after a man was observed loitering on the deck. He fled the neighborhood in a vehicle.

11:45 a.m. – A man sitting in a vehicle near a downtown ATM and acting suspiciously while watching people go in and out from it was not located. There were no skimming devices or other illegal equipment found at the ATM.

6:36 p.m. – A person delivering packages from a vehicle on Cherry Lane checked out OK. Police determined the driver was a UPS employee making deliveries in his personal car, a common activity during the holiday season.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

11:31 p.m. – Police took a report about alleged discrimination against a military veteran at a downtown bar. Officers found no evidence of anything inappropriate happening.

DISTURBANCES

10:51 p.m. – A patron who made threats toward a bartender at a downtown bar left before police got there.

LARCENY

11:31 a.m. – A resident reported a fraud incident in which he was billed nearly $800 for an item shipped to California.

6:11 p.m. – A mugging incident in which people in a vehicle parked at Crocker Farm School had $78 taken from them by a man who reached into the car was reported to police. The suspect was not identified and the alleged victims didn’t provide more details about what happened.

6:29 p.m. – Hartman Road residents told police a package was stolen from their porch.

BREAK-INS

5:50 p.m. – Police are investigating a break-in at Alpine Commons. A Macbook valued at more than $250 was reported stolen. There were no signs of forced entry, according to police.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:19 a.m. –  A verbal warning was issued by police to Brandywine Apartments residents holding a loud party.

11:47 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Brandywine Apartments residents playing loud music.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

12:45 a.m. – A vehicle went off Station Road into a tree, causing heavy front end damage, police said. The vehicle was towed, but there were no personal injuries, according to police.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

3:07 a.m. – A bonfire at a Ball Lane location was extinguished.

6:35 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted South Hadley Police in locating a drunken driver.

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

10:58 a.m. – An alarm at a Henry Street home was caused by a malfunctioning system. All windows and doors at the vacant residence were secure.

LARCENY

1:04 p.m. – A snowblower valued at more than $600 was reported stolen from a Valley View Circle home.

1:57 p.m. – A Rolling Green Apartments resident reported that $200 worth of gift cards from Wal-Mart were stolen through a phone scam.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

2:34 p.m. – A bicycle valued at $1,200 sustained extensive damage after a vehicle ran over it while it was parked outside Hampshire Bicycle Exchange on University Drive, police said. Police are trying to identify the driver.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:42 a.m. and 1:50 a.m. – Police did security checks at Hobart Lane residences after observing lights on in off-campus student rentals. No problems were identified.

12:48 p.m. – Needles dumped on Olympia Drive were removed from the road by police.

LARCENY

2:15 p.m. – A snowblower was reported stolen from a Valley View Drive residence.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:29 a.m. –  Police issued a verbal warning to Colonial Village residents playing loud music. At 1:23 a.m., the resident was issued a $300 noise ticket for continuing to play loud music.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

4:53 p.m. – A vehicle that went off an icy Bay Road was towed, police said.

TRAFFIC

1:03 p.m. – A wire came down on Woodside Avenue due to the weight of ice covering it.

5:22 p.m. – A tree blocking a travel lane on West Bay Road was removed by a resident. At 8:47 p.m., a tree came down on East Pleasant Street. Officers moved it to the side of the road.

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 24

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

2:33 a.m. – Police assisted a woman walking on College Street who told officers that she had been removed from a vehicle after getting into an argument with its driver.

1:04 p.m. – An East Hadley Road resident called police for help in getting a tenant removed. The tenant told police he will be leaving the home by the end of 2017.

DISTURBANCES

12:53 a.m. – Police kept the peace at Crestview Apartments between two intoxicated family friends arguing over a girlfriend.

10:19 p.m. – People banging on doors at a North Pleasant Street home were not located by police.

BREAK-INS

10:18 a.m. – An Alpine Commons resident woke up to find a window broken at the home. Police found no evidence of an attempted break-in.