Five teens accused of burglary ring targeting Mercer County Amish
State Police have arrested five teenagers they say were part of a burglary ring that committed 21 break-is that netted more than $31,000 in stolen goods and cash from members of Mercer County’s Amish community.
Caden Hinkson, 19, of Fredonia faces 40 criminal counts including burglary, theft, criminal mischief, corruption of minors and possession of criminal tools.
Hinkson was arrested along with two 17-year-old boys from Clarks Mill and Utica, and two 16-year-olds from Fredonia and Mercer.
According to investigators, the suspects planned, scouted, and burglarized targets in Delaware, Fairview, Coolspring, Perry, New Vernon and Sandy Lake Townships, as well as Sandy Lake Borough between September 2021 and November of last year.
Police say they recovered a large amount of the stolen goods which included $16,000 worth of tools, fuel, guns, chainsaws, and an ATV, as well and $5,100 cash.
Investigators say the break-ins resulted in $26,000 in property damage.
A magistrate set Hinkson’s bond at $25,000. He has another court hearing set later this month.