Toy Box N. Pleasant Street, Amherst (my childrens favorite store)
Amherst police are investigating back-to-back incidents of arson that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday (3:28 AM), striking two businesses close to downtown Amherst.
Smoke was coming from the door of The Toy Box on the northern end of town center, possibly from a pizza box used as kindling, and only moments later police responded to the eastern end of town center for reports of two individuals "lighting a table on fire" at The Lumberyard restaurant on Main Street. When police arrived, a wicker table was ablaze. AFD quickly extinguished the fire.
Lumberyard Restaurant (left) Main Street, Amherst
One of the perps is described as "Asian with glasses" and the other was wearing white green sweatshirt.
In late December 2009 a one night, 15 fires arson spree left two individuals -- an elderly father and his mentally disabled son -- dead, and the entire city of Northampton terrorized. Anthony Baye was arrested for arson and murder but his taped confession to State Police investigators was later thrown out by the courts.