UMass students accused of stealing Christmas tree from Boy Scouts

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Two University of Massachusetts students have been arrested for allegedly stealing a Christmas tree from the annual Boy Scouts sale in downtown Amherst.

The 21 year-old women, Lindsay Zappolo and Miranda Murphy, told police that they were dared to steal the tree by a third woman, who has not been caught.

Amherst Police Detective Michael Forcum said that Zappolo and Murphy were found walking with the tree at around 1:00 Friday morning.

The trees are stored and sold at Kendrick Park. All of the money raised is used to pay membership fees for scouts in Troop 500 who cannot afford the cost on their own.

22News spoke with Scoutmaster Michelle Chandler, who did not hear about the incident until Monday. “My first reaction was: ‘Seriously?’ And my second was: ‘I’m so disappointed.’ This is something that has been going on in Amherst my entire life, as far as I know,” Chandler said.

Both UMass students were arrested for larceny, and pleaded not guilty during their arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

You can support Troop 500 by buying one of their trees until December 22, or until they run out.

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