Amherst PD reports spate of break-ins in South Amherst

By Collegian News Staff

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Since the start of July, the Amherst Police Department has investigated a string of 12 “separate but distinct residential breaks in the South Amherst neighborhood.”

The department defines that neighborhood as encompassing “all streets and neighborhoods from East Hadley Rd. south to Granby east to Belchertown and west to Hadley.”

The majority of these breaks, according to the Sept. 7 release, have occurred late at night, when residents have been in their homes. APD stated that burglars have gained entry to these residences through unlocked doors, with items stolen including purses, wallets and some electronics.

The investigation into this series of break-ins is ongoing, according to the release.
Yesterday, APD hosted an open forum-style community meeting at Crocker Farms Elementary School to discuss the issue and what residents can do to protect themselves.
Questions about the break-ins can be referred to Officer Michael Johnson, who can be reached at 413-259-2054, or to Officer William Laramee in the Community Outreach Unit at 413-259-2069.

-Collegian News Staff