CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — Three young men and a 17-year-old have been arrested in a string of attacks and burglaries against the Amish in northeastern Ohio after bragging about what they did, authorities said Monday.
The four were involved in a string of break-ins targeting mostly Amish-owned businesses beginning in May, said Chief Deputy Scott Hildenbrand of the Geauga County sheriff's office.
But they came away with just change in the break-ins because the cash registers were empty, so they decided to rob Amish residents in the county east of Cleveland, Hildenbrand said.
Just over a week ago, a group of masked men chased an Amish man and his girlfriend riding in a buggy before they were able to get away. That same night, two Amish men in a buggy said they were attacked by masked men swinging baseball bats.
The four suspects — ages 17 to 19 — were arrested at a park where they had been sleeping in a car, Hildenbrand said.
"We got a tip that they were bragging about the burglaries and bragging about beating up on the Amish," he said.
Three of the four were believed to be homeless.
Authorities also suspect they were involved in a robbery attempt in neighboring Trumbull County, Hildenbrand said.