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Amherst Police Log for March 2, 2018

Day-by-day police calls



Tuesday, March 06, 2018

MONDAY, FEB. 19

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

10:11 a.m. – A Colonial Village resident told police her roommate let in a man over the weekend who asked her to drink alcohol, smoke marijuana and then have sex. The man left without committing any crime, but she wanted police to be aware of the incident.

LARCENY

10:55 a.m. – A resident reported $200 in fraudulent charges on his credit card. He was advised to freeze the account.

TRAFFIC

11:49 p.m. – A vehicle sustained a flat tire when it hit a pothole on College Street.

TUESDAY, FEB. 20

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1:54 a.m. – The sound of breaking glass was heard on Main Street in the area of Triangle Street. The source of the noise was not located.

3:41 p.m – A man with a large knife in a holster on his hip was seen in the area of Puffton Village, but was not located. At 4:30 p.m., a man with the same clothing description was walking in the center of town. The knife was inspected and was determined to be legal.

4:31 p.m. – People shooting a BB gun from a porch on Lincoln Avenue agreed to put it away for the day after its use frightened neighbors.

5:33 p.m. – Two women throwing furniture from a Main Street porch to the ground told police they were just breaking it into smaller pieces so it would fit in their trash bin.

7:31 p.m. – Police took two reports of people in a University Drive parking lot, one in which a man may have assaulted a woman and dragged her into a vehicle, and another in which sexual activity was taking place. Police discovered no problems when they got there.

10:31 p.m. – Glass broke on North Pleasant Street near a downtown restaurant. Police officers determined that the glass was inside a trash can that tipped over.

RECOVERED PROPERTY

1:36 p.m. – A BB gun found in the woods near new Fort River Apartments off East Hadley Road was turned over to police.

LARCENY

10:17 a.m. – Two speed limit signs were reported stolen from Fearing Street.

BREAK-INS

9:32 a.m. – Someone attempted to break into an Alpine Commons residence on Belchertown Road, causing damage to the exterior of the home.

9:54 a.m. – A duffel bag containing more than $700 worth of recording and musical equipment was reported stolen from a vehicle broken into while parked on Belchertown Road.

9:42 p.m. – Money and an iPad were reported stolen from a Brandywine Apartments residence sometime within the past two weeks. Police were unable to determine the method of entry.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:05 a.m. – A loud generator was running on a construction site off Canton Avenue. Police contacted the building commissioner about the matter.

3:45 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to The Boulders residents being loud during the balmy weather.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

5:24 a.m. – A woman reported being followed home to an Amherst residence by her former boyfriend, whom she encountered at her job the previous night. Police found no evidence he had loitered near her residence.

1:50 p.m. – Volunteers at a mobile food pantry set up at Southpoint Apartments told police they and their customers were being harassed by people distributing political handouts related to the town charter. The solicitors left before police got there.

8:43 p.m. – A man sleeping in a downtown ATM was woken up and sent on his way.

11:08 p.m. – A North East Street resident told police someone came into the apartment without permission. Police determined it was an intoxicated neighbor who returned home without causing any issues.

LARCENY

12:17 p.m. – Nearly $2,900 was reported stolen from a bag left in an office at Valley Medical Group on Hall Drive.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

10:26 a.m. – One vehicle was towed following a two-car accident with no personal injuries at the intersection of South East and Stanley streets, police said.

1:15 p.m. – Both vehicles were towed following a two-car accident at the corner of Fearing Street and Sunset Avenue, police said.

THURSDAY, FEB. 22

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

1 a.m. – An intoxicated man who slammed recycling bins against a Chestnut Street home and then threw them into the street was located a short time later. His sober roommate was contacted to bring him home.

11:31 a.m. – A woman reported she was concerned about a man after she got into a verbal altercation with him at the Jones Library, and then later encountered him at Whole Foods Market in Hadley.

6:08 p.m. – A North Amherst resident came to the police station to report her roommate is running a drug ring out of the home. Police found no evidence to support the accusation.

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

12:03 p.m. – A Pine Street resident reported someone knocked on his door and began ranting about a previous incident. The man fled before police got there.

11:36 p.m. – A homeless woman upset that the Craig’s Place shelter was at capacity and was denied entry threw her belongings into the parking lot. She was given directions to Northampton to use its shelter.

DISTURBANCES

4:22 p.m. – Police kept the peace at the drive through at the CVS Pharmacy on University Drive where a customer was angry about a prescription not being ready and refused to move the vehicle.

LARCENY

10:32 a.m. – A shed where returnable cans and bottles are stored was reported broken into overnight at a College Street location.

12:45 p.m. – Management at the CVS Pharmacy on North Pleasant Street stole $150 worth of deodorant. He was not located.

1:09 p.m. – A man allegedly took $100 worth of baby formula from the CVS Pharmacy on University Drive.

9:36 p.m. – A tip jar with about $100 was stolen from from Ginger Garden on Norhampton Road.

VANDALISM

7 p.m. – A window was smashed out from a vehicle parked on South Whitney Street. Police found no evidence of vandalism.

BREAK-INS

10:43 a.m. – A South Pleasant Street home was broken into. Nothing was reported stolen, though a cabinet was pried open.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

12:40 p.m. – A dog was allegedly bitten by another dog at Mill River Recreation Area. Police are investigating.

12:46 p.m. – The animal welfare officer is investigating a dog biting incident at Aspen Chase Apartments.

1:32 p.m. – Police freed a squirrel that got its paw stuck in a bird feeder at a Leverett Road home.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

11:19 a.m. – A pole was knocked over on South East Street when a car went off the road, police said.

FRIDAY, FEB. 23

DISTURBANCES

12:46 a.m. – Friends who were goofing off by play fighting outside the downtown bars were sent on their way.

1:08 a.m. – People about to fight outside a downtown bar, where bouncers were trying to separate them, fled when they saw police.

VANDALISM

11:58 a.m. – Graffiti was put on the side of a shed at Puffer’s Pond. Police are investigating.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

11:54 p.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to Belchertown Road residents holding a loud party.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

9:49 p.m. – A driver who fell asleep at the wheel lost control of his vehicle on West Street, and it went off the road and hit curbing, trees and signs near Country Corners Road, police said. The vehicle was towed.

11:31 p.m. – A two-car accident with possible injuries was reported on South East Street, police said.

SATURDAY, FEB. 24

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

8:39 a.m. – People sleeping on a bench behind a downtown church left the area before police got there.

11:10 a.m. – A small child was found by a neighbor walking alone on Market Hill Road. The parents were nearby and told police that they will make sure the child, who is autistic, doesn’t leave the home on his own again.

11:02 p.m. – Police were unable to locate a man yelling for help on Grantwood Drive.

DISTURBANCES

12:32 a.m. – Police kept the peace at a Northampton Road home where people who registered a party with the Party Smart program at UMass told officers they were having difficulty getting guests to leave.

12:51 a.m. – A person causing a scene at a North Prospect Street home while staying with a friend agreed to leave and find other accommodations for the night.

11:46 a.m. – People loitering in a downtown alleyway and disturbing passersby were not located.

4:24 p.m. – Police responded to Belchertown Road for fight between a resident and a contractor over the work being done at the home.

LARCENY

1:38 p.m. – A backpack with a laptop was reported stolen from a room in a South Prospect Street home.

VANDALISM

9:08 a.m. – A window was smashed out with a thrown rock on Phillips Street. No suspects were identified.

BREAK-INS

1:36 a.m. – A vehicle parked on Morrow Lane was reported broken into and a suspect was identified. No further details about the incident were available.

FIGHTS

3:12 p.m. – A fight at Village Park was reported to police. Officers spoke to several of the possible combatants, but they told police they were the peacekeepers trying to break up the fight.

ANIMAL COMPLAINTS

1:31 p.m. – Police are investigating a dog-biting incident at the Notch. Efforts to reach the dog owner were unsuccessful.

SUNDAY, FEB. 25

CITIZEN ASSISTANCE

6:08 p.m. – A father and daughter lost on the trails near the Notch were located and escorted to their vehicle.

8:09 p.m. – Police took a report of harassing phone calls made to an Amherst resident.

LARCENY

2:53 p.m. – A resident reported $3,200 missing, possibly stolen by a maintenance worker in November.

NOISE COMPLAINTS

12:52 a.m. – Police issued a verbal warning to West Street residents playing loud music.

2:14 a.m. – A loud party with more than 30 guests was cleared out from an apartment at the Kendrick Place building.

MOTOR VEHICLE

ACCIDENTS

7:51 a.m. – A vehicle went off an ice covered Bay Road into a utility pole, causing possible injury to the occupants of the vehicle, police said.