Area police news
Two Amherst homes are break-in targets
AMHERST — Police are investigating two break-ins at rental homes reported during the weekend in which jewelry and electronic items were stolen.
Detective Jamie Reardon said Monday that officers responded to an Alpine Commons apartment at 133 Belchertown Road Sunday at 8:51 p.m. after a resident returned home from being away for four days and discovered a window screen had been cut.
The resident told police between $200 and $300 worth of jewelry was stolen from her bedroom.
A second roommate, who had not yet gotten back, will be in touch with police if anything was taken from her room.
Reardon said several recent residential break-ins appear to be targeting homes that may be unoccupied for extended periods.
Saturday at noon, police were contacted by residents who live on North Pleasant Street north of the University of Massachusetts about a break-in at their home. Someone appeared to have entered through the first floor window sometime since July 7, stealing electronic items, including a television and an iPod.
■ Omar Ivan Cruz, 21, of 266 East Hadley Road, Unit 44H, was arrested Saturday at 3:29 a.m. on Main Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and negligent operation of a motor vehicle to endanger.
■ Misty R. Hall, 28, of 30 Gatehouse Road, Unit 103, was arrested Friday at 8:14 p.m. on Belchertown Road on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license and disorderly conduct.
■ Police took a report Friday at 9:10 a.m. that a purse was stolen from a pickup truck parked on State Street the previous afternoon that was entered through a rear sliding glass window.
■ Paula Fopp, 39, of Newhouse Street, Springfield, was arrested Sunday on charges of operating a vehicle in violation of a license restriction and driving outside of marked lanes. Police stopped Fopp at 1:37 a.m. at the intersection of Holyoke and Cherry streets.
■ Venantie Mukarwego, 59, of Florence Road, Easthampton, was arrested Sunday at 12:34 a.m. on charges of operating an uninsured and unregistered motor vehicle. Police stopped Mukarwego on Ferry Street.
■ Shawn R. Tobacco-Clapp, 22, of the streets of Easthampton, was arrested Friday on a default warrant for liquor law violations. Police picked up Tobacco-Clapp at Millside Park on Ferry Street.
■ Michael J. Sullivan Jr., 39, of Oakdale Place, Easthampton, was arrested Thursday at 5:59 p.m. on Ferry Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and failing to wear safety equipment while operating a motorized scooter.
■ Kenneth Leo, 48, whose address is listed as the streets of Northampton, was arrested about 12:26 a.m. Monday on Main Street on a charge of disorderly conduct after allegedly yelling obscenities.
■ Stephen R. Macdonald, 43, of 20 Norwood Ave., was arrested about 5:44 p.m. Sunday at home on a Northampton District Court probation warrant.
■ Raymond F. Poli, 36, of Bridge Road, Florence, was arrested at 11:07 p.m. Friday near the Look Park rotary on charges of violating rules regarding motorcycle passengers, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, operating a vehicle in violation of license class and attaching plates to a motor vehicle.
Police said Poli’s passenger was not wearing a helmet.
■ Elizabeth Stuart Upsher, 37, of Poplar Hill Road, Whately, was arrested Friday at 6:37 p.m. at Ode Boutique, 263 Main St., in Northampton on charges of larceny over $250. Police said Upsher allegedly tried to steal dresses, belts and a tank top worth $1,331.
■ Carlos Benvenutty, 33, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday at 4:20 p.m. at Yes Computers on Pleasant Street on charges of larceny, receiving stolen property under $250 and assault and battery.
Police said Benvenutty pushed the store owner when confronted about an iPad worth $330 and a laptop worth $200 he had allegedly taken without paying for the previous day. Police said Benvenutty also had $118 worth of Red Bull drink in his backpack that had been stolen from CVS.