Window damage in region probed for link
AMHERST — Windows damaged at Amherst businesses may have been related to BB shootings in downtown Northampton Sunday night.
Amherst police have taken reports of three damaged windows since Sunday, although it remains unclear whether they are related to the Northampton incidents.
Detective Lt. Ronald Young said Wednesday that detectives are checking for a possible connection.
“We’ve received a couple of similar reports and are in contact with Northampton police to see if there’s a similar pattern,” Young said.
Management at PeoplesBank, 25 East Pleasant St. reported at 11:06 a.m. Tuesday finding three small holes in the windows, which police officers identified as damage likely made from BB gun pellets.
The bank is located just a few doors south of the CopyCat Print Shop, at 37 East Pleasant St., whose employees discovered a window smashed at 8:20 p.m. Sunday. The source of that damage has not been determined and there are no suspects.
And management at Fresh Side restaurant, 39 South Pleasant St., reported at 11:07 a.m. Monday that one of its windows had been spidered. Police at the time attributed the damage to road debris being kicked up by a town plow.
Incidents in Northampton were reported between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday and included damage to four windows at Florence Savings Bank, two windows apiece at Local Burger and Hugo’s bar, and one each at India Palace, The Collector Galleries, Millennium Package Store, Northampton Wellness Center, Sylvester’s Restaurant, Pleasant Street Carwash and U.S. Rep. James McGovern’s office. Additional businesses have reported damage since then.
Northampton police previously said they were investigating whether the incidents are related to similar reports of damage to windows in Ware and Palmer.