Amherst police arrest homeless man after disturbances at two downtown businesses

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Staff Writer
Published: 11/8/2018 4:41:05 PM

AMHERST — Police arrested a homeless man who they say caused disruptions at two downtown restaurants Wednesday night, after allegedly stealing items from a nearby store. 

Christopher James Mulvey, 49, who gave his address as the Interfaith Shelter, 43 Center St., Northampton, was arrested at 8:46 p.m. at Antonio’s Pizza on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct (subsequent offense), shoplifting and possession of a class B drug, Xanax, Sgt. David Foster said. 

At the time of his arrest, Mulvey was found yelling at customers and employees and alleging that someone had stolen money from him. It was the second time in less than half-an-hour that Mulvey was involved in a disturbance, after management at nearby Starbucks reported he was making a mess in the bathroom while applying hair dye to his mullet, and also kicking furniture.

Mulvey may have been intoxicated from consuming Listerine, according to a police report. 

Foster said that when Mulvey was taken into custody, officers found several items in his possession had been allegedly stolen from the CVS Pharmacy on North Pleasant, including a package of hair coloring.

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