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Amherst Police Log for Jan. 26, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Wednesday, January 24, 2018
MONDAY, JAN. 15

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

5:26 a.m. – A man wearing a helmet with a headlamp, who exited a construction trailer on Belchertown Road, got into a vehicle and took off. He was not located. No problems were identified at the location.

6:31 p.m. – Police took a report of a woman screaming and flailing her arms in a parking lot at Southpoint Apartments. She was not found.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

9:29 p.m. – Police assisted Craig’s Place shelter staff in keeping the peace with guests.

DISTURBANCES

5:28 p.m. – Police kept the peace at Village Park between residents and a man who came to the home demanding his daughter, who previously worked for the tenants, get paid.

8:05 p.m. – Staff at the First Congregational Church was assisted in removing homeless people yelling inside the building.

TUESDAY, JAN. 16

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

8:16 p.m. – Four homeless people loitering inside a downtown ATM were sent on their way.

LARCENY

4:03 p.m – A man fled the CVS Pharmacy on North Pleasant Street without paying for an electric toothbrush valued at $150 . Police are investigating.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

4:36 p.m. – A vehicle was towed after it went off Bay Road into a tree as a snowstorm began, police said.

5:35 p.m. – A two-car accident with no personal injuries that occurred on West Street is being blamed on icy road surfaces, police said.

8:11 p.m. – A street sign and a fire hydrant were struck by a vehicle that went off North East Street during the snowstorm, police said. The vehicle was towed.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

8:34 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted Granby Police in searching for a missing vehicle.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17

LARCENY

2:34 p.m. – A Riverside Park Apartments resident told police someone broke into his home and stole six candles. The resident also informed police the candles are now being used at a neighbor’s home. Police said it was uncertain if any break-in or theft occurred.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

8:37 a.m. – A vehicle went off Sunderland Road into a snowbank during the snowstorm. A tow was called.

TRAFFIC

1:37 a.m – Police were notified about a juvenile who went on a joyride in the snowstorm on a dare form his friends. He drove his vehicle on South Middle Street, which is not treated during snowstorms, and got stuck. Police called for a tow and for the Department of Public Works to put down sand and salt. The teenager was warned about violating the time restrictions on his juvenile operator’s permit.

3:30 p.m. – A vehicle blocking a North Prospect Street driveway was issued a ticket and was towed.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

1:49 p.m. – Amherst Police assisted a doctor’s locate a woman who had a colonoscopy and then drove herself back to Holyoke less than 90 minutes later, well before the anesthesia wore off.

THURSDAY, JAN. 18

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:13 p.m. – A man called police to report he was being followed by a person with a ski mask, sunglasses, backpack and jacket on North Pleasant Street. Police were unable to find the suspect.

9:16 p.m. – Police couldn’t locate a man walking in the middle of Main Street who was supposedly holding a plastic bag and yelling for help.

LARCENY

2:58 p.m. – More than $20,000 was reported stolen from various bank accounts in Amherst, Northampton, Hadley and Greenfield.

BREAK-INS

8:58 a.m. – Skis and ski poles stored in the trunk of a vehicle parked on McClellan Street were reported stolen. The incident occurred sometime after Jan. 11.

TRAFFIC

12:42 a.m. – Police stopped a vehicle on East Pleasant Street with illegal flashing brake lights. The owner told police he would soon be getting taillights that comply with state law.

FRIDAY, JAN. 19

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

7:10 a.m. – A person walking on the train tracks in the area of Henry Street in Cushman was not located.

5:41 p.m. – Police were unable to find a man who was allegedly urinating in front of a downtown restaurant.

11:46 p.m. – A man reported tampering with a vehicle parked at Puffton Village, prompting a call from security officers and deployment of K9 Marvin, was determined to be intoxicated and was just trying to hide from his friends. A sober friend was contacted to look after the man.

VANDALISM

8:37 a.m. – Fresh spray-painted graffiti reading “777 SOUF” was applied to the inside of the elevator at the Boltwood parking garage.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

9:58 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to a West Street resident playing loud music.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

10:02 a.m. – A loose horse on Belchertown Road was returned to its field.

SATURDAY, JAN. 20

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

12:31 a.m. – A shirtless man banging on the door to a Puffton Village residence was determined to be a tenant who had been locked out by his friends.

DISTURBANCES

12:36 a.m. – An argument over a slice of pizza led to a verbal altercation outside the downtown bars. Both men were advised to go home for the night.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

5:32 a.m. – A deer and vehicle collided on South East Street, police said. The deer sustained major injuries and was destroyed by police.

TRAFFIC

9:11 p.m. – A driver who took a turn on red where not allowed didn’t stop for a police cruiser with its emergency lights activated. The vehicle eventually pulled over on College Street. The driver told police she just recently got her driver’s licesne and didn’t know what to do when being followed by a cruiser.

SUNDAY, JAN. 21

DISTURBANCES

2:54 p.m. – Police responded to the Amherst Motel for an argument that began when a man accused a woman of throwing coffee on his vehicle.

LARCENY

11:12 a.m. – A front license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle parked on Boltwood Avenue.

VANDALISM

3:34 p.m. – Spray-paint graffiti was applied to a building on Railroad Street.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

4:13 a.m. – A horse loose on Belchertown Road was found in the parking lot of Maplewood Farms. Its owner was notified about the incident.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

1:07 a.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries on Amity Street, police said.