NEW CASTLE - State police say a western Pennsylvania constable has stolen nearly $2,500 from Amish families by convincing them to pay cash "fines" for broken school windows that actually cost just $92 to repair.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 63-year-old New Sewickley constable Glenn Young Jr. His home phone was disconnected Wednesday, when he was arraigned on charges of theft by deception, official oppression and impersonating a public servant.
Troopers say Young contacted Amish leaders after some windows were broken at Indian Run School in October during a gathering that included some Amish youths. Young claimed to be investigating the vandalism and began stopping Amish buggies, which he would search for contraband, while also threatening to jail the youths if their families didn't pay him fines.
State police say the Amish had already paid for the windows.