Local man suspect in Dickinson home break-in

AMHERST — A South Deerfield man allegedly tried to break into The Homestead at the Emily Dickinson Museum, knocking over a vase in the process early Sunday morning.

Alexander Light, 20, of 19B Graves St., South Deerfield, and Samantha Mulligan, 21, of Somerville, were arrested at the 280 Main St. building. They were taken into custody at 2:35 a.m. on charges of nighttime breaking and entering, said Amherst College Police Chief John Carter.

Carter said though The Homestead has a full alarm and intrusion system, a caretaker was inside the building at the time and alerted police.

“He heard people trying to gain access to the building,” Carter said.

When Amherst College police got there, assisted by Amherst police officers, they allegedly saw Light and Mulligan, both University of Massachusetts students, about to get inside the home, Carter said. The two had allegedly removed a storm window and successfully lifted the window, and knocked a vase off a table as they tried to enter the residence, he said.

Carter said The Homestead is not typically a target for break-ins, though the alarm system attests to the importance of the building to the college and the community.

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