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Holiday decorations stolen in Amherst

Just hours before downtown Amherst’s holiday season was scheduled to begin with the annual Merry Maple celebration last Friday, two men were arrested for stealing decorations.

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 Nov. 30 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 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 earlier had been hanging at the Bank of America building at 1 South Pleasant St.

Alex J. Henault, 21, of Main Street, was arrested on a charge of larceny under $250, Reardon said.

Another wreath hanging on a second downtown bank building was torn down and thrown onto the sidewalk around the same time.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

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