By Pat Maurer
Five Amish teens and one juvenile were arrested January 10 for Malicious Destruction of Property.
Joseph D. Stutzman, 20, Uriah A. Ginerich, 18, Eli Troyer, 17, Daniel Miller, 17 and Elizabeth Miller, 19, all of Clare, were arraigned in 80th District Court. Bond was set at $10,000 personal recognizance for each. A 16-year old Beaverton boy will be petitioned in court for his involvement.
According to a release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, Deputies were called to the home of Jacob Miller in the 8000 block of East Surrey Road in Sheridan Township January 8.
Miller told officers that teens had broken out several windows of his residence and barn. The teens had been at the home for Sunday worship, officers said.
The release said 91 panes of glass were broken in the home, wash house and work shed; gutters were ripped off the house; cedar posts used for clothes lines and to hold grape vines were pulled out of the ground; and stainless barrels in the yard were damaged.
Sheriff John Wilson said, “The department has been hearing over the past few years about young adults from this community who have been drinking and causing damage to homes in the community. This time they took it to a new level and someone finally complained to us.”
He continued, “Our goal is to make sure that every citizen in the county feels safe in their own homes and send the message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.” He thanked the community members who finally stepped up and filed the complaint allowing the Sheriff’s Department to take action. “We hope this will send a message that we are going to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”
The teens were all lodged in the Clare County Jail.