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Two men arrested for stealing Christmas tree, wreath in downtown Amherst

Police Detective Jamie Reardon said an officer on patrol in the area of North Pleasant and McClellan streets observed a man carrying a Christmas tree Friday at 12:36 a.m.

After determining the tree had just been taken from the annual Boy Scouts’ sale at Kendrick Park, police placed the man, identified as Arian C. Hashemi-Pour, 21, of 5 Eames Place, under arrest on charges of larceny under $250 and resisting arrest, Reardon said.

The second incident occurred about two hours later, when an officer noticed a man carrying an oversized wreath on Boltwood Avenue. The wreath had earlier been hanging at the Bank of America building at 1 South Pleasant St.

Alex Joseph Henault, 21, of 285 Main St., unit 1, was arrested on a charge of larceny under $250, Reardon said.

In addition to the theft of one wreath, a second wreath hung at Peoples Bank, 56 Amity St., was thrown onto the sidewalk.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

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