Leverett man arrested for role in BB pellet vandalism in Amherst

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Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

AMHERST — A Leverett man is facing a series of charges for his alleged involvement in damaging windows at Amherst businesses with BB pellet shots this fall, a handgun theft from a Hadley home and a vehicle stolen from an Amherst residence, according to Amherst Police.

Ulysses Desmarais-Melcuk, 20, of 223 Long Plain Road, was arrested at 9:34 a.m. Dec. 13 at the police station on two counts of vandalism, carrying a firearm without a license, possession of firearm ammunition without a license and receiving stolen property over $250, a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun, said Detective Marcus Humber.

In addition, Desmarais-Melcuk was arrested on a warrant charging him with larceny of a motor vehicle, Humber said.

Humber said the arrest comes as the result of an ongoing investigation into BB pellets that have broken windows throughout town. Desmarais-Melcuk was determined to be responsible for the damage caused to windows at Primo’s Too Pizzeria, 255 Triangle St., and the neighboring Amherst Center Store, 259 Triangle St., both of which were reported on the evening of Oct. 31.

Though additional businesses, including some on Main and West streets, also had windows damaged by BB pellets, as well as a bus stop in front of the North Pleasant Street post office and a vehicle at Village Park, Humber said Desmarais-Melcuk is not yet connected to those.

The handgun, which was not used in the vandalism, was taken from a Hadley location on Sept. 19, Humber said.

Humber said the vehicle was stolen from McClellan Street and reported to police Dec. 4 at 8:56 a.m. It was recovered Dec. 6 at 9:41 a.m. in Springfield.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.