Would-be Amherst pool crashers busted for drinking under age

Published on August 10, 2017

Amherst Police Department

The joys of being young has its limits, as three Amherst teens learned this month.

Three young people were charged Aug. 6 with a variety of offenses after an incident on Croft Street. Police initially received a report of someone accessing private property and attempting to swim in a pool. Officers located three young people walking down Croft Street and say they were intoxicated at the time.

Aside from liquor offenses, two of the youths are facing obstruction charges after one fled from an officer and the other gave misleading statements.

The incident is still under investigation.

This was just one of 115 complaints Amherst Police responded to over the course of the week July 31 to Aug. 6.


An off duty police officer witnessed an alleged shoplifting incident at a Robert Angus Drive store. The male was not apprehended, but video appears to show him taking several items and then leaving through the front entrance without paying. He was caught and charges are pending.

A bike was recovered on Church Street. The grey-and-orange mountain bike was moved to storage until an owner is located.


A woman reported receiving threatening messages from an ex-boyfriend, but police determined the threats were not criminal and no charges were laid.

Police received a complaint that a young offender was not at his residence even though he was on curfew conditions to be there from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. Charges were pending against the youth but were dropped by corrections officials.


A man told police his wallet, containing over $500 in cash, was stolen from his vehicle while it was parked at a Dickey Street residence. Police are investigating the matter.

Officers were called to the lobby of an Amherst motel to remove a man who was refusing to leave. No charges were laid.


A 51-year-old male was charged with impaired driving after police stopped his vehicle on Hickman Street. He is slated to appear in court Sept. 11 for plea.

Police stopped a vehicle on West Victoria Street for a traffic violation and found the driver, 37, was disqualified from driving. Police say they found marijuana and cocaine in his vehicle, and charges are pending.


Police were called to Laplanche Street, where witnesses said a woman was yelling at a man as he walked down the street. The woman was also reported to have smashed the man's guitar. However, the man refused to give a statement to police and there was no further action.

Police also received a complaint that a man had threatened several employees at a Church Street business. Upon investigation, police determined the threats were not criminal, although a trespass notice was served on the man the following day.


A 29-year-old male has been sent to a diversionary program after he was found in possession of marijuana. Officers say they stopped the vehicle speeding and caught a whiff of drugs while speaking to the driver. The marijuana was found after his arrest.

Police were called to a residence on Havelock Street after witnesses reported observing a man pushing a woman to the ground. When officers foudn the man they were told he pushed the woman only after she had attacked him. Officers were unable to follow up with the woman but the investigation continues.


A 30-year-old woman is facing a charge of assault following a disturbance on Lawrence Street.  She is alleged to have struck a man during an argument and is slated to appear in Court Aug. 14.

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department at 667-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).