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Complaints of people trying to get into homes leads to three arrests in Amherst

AMHERST — An intruder who got into two apartments on South East Street early Saturday morning was one of three 21-year-old men arrested in separate incidents of break-ins or attempted break-ins during the Columbus Day weekend, police said.

Amherst Police Sgt. Todd Lang said police three times received calls from residents who were awoken by people attempting to force their way into their homes.

The only incident in which a person successfully got into a residence occurred at 4:32 a.m. Saturday when a man entered one apartment in a South East Street building and was scared off by the residents, Lang said. Police were contacted a short time later after the man got into a second apartment in the same building.

Nathaniel J. Brown, 21, of Wenham, was arrested on two counts of felony nighttime breaking and entering, Lang said.

At 2:18 a.m. Sunday, Cherry Lane residents called police about a man banging on the door and attempting to get into their home.

When police got there, the man had already fled, but was found a short time later on Rolling Ridge Road.

Hunter B. Alexander, 21, of Norwood, was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace and attempting to commit a crime, Lang said.

And at 6:49 a.m. Sunday, Lincoln Avenue residents called police after a man banged on the door to their home. He did not get in, but then entered an unlocked vehicle parked outside the residence, where Lang said officers found him hiding underneath a blanket.

Nicholas J. Strezynski, 21, of Lee, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle to commit a misdemeanor and disturbing the peace, Lang said.

Weekend parties

Lang said that while many University of Massachusetts students likely left town for the three-day holiday weekend, some of those who remained in Amherst had noisy gatherings.

Police responded to a party with a band performing at 39 Hobart Lane at 11:34 p.m. Friday. Guests had been throwing bottles and cans at security officials, police said. Officers broke up the party and the following day met with the residents and warned them about their behavior.

Police issued $2,400 in tickets for other loud parties.

At 12:41 a.m. Sunday, police issued noise and nuisance house bylaw tickets to two residents at 284 North Pleasant St., where loud singing and music was heard coming from the home, Lang said.

And at 12:54 a.m. Monday, two residents at 124 Meadow St. were issued tickets for violating the town’s noise and keg bylaws, Lang said.

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