Amherst police to charge women for campaign sign thefts

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Published: 10/11/2021 12:37:06 PM

AMHERST — Two college-age women carrying political campaign signs from yards near the intersection of Main and South East streets early Monday morning will face criminal charges, according to Amherst Police.

The women, both from Boylston and ages 20 and 18, are being summoned to court on charges of larceny of property $1,200 or less, police said.

They were observed walking with signs that didn’t belong to them at 1:20 a.m. and, once they noticed police, discarded the signs. They also refused to identify themselves and initially provided fake names to officers, police said.

This marks the second incident in the past week in which campaign signs for candidates on the Nov. 2 ballot and related to the referendum on the Jones Library project were taken. On the night of Oct. 4, three University of Massachusetts students were arrested after they were found in possession of campaign signs, street signs and other items.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

 




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