Several attempted armed robberies of Amish buggies are being investigated on Wednesday by the Michigan State Police West Branch Post.
â??There aren't very many reported crimes from the Amish community,â?? said Detective Pete McNamara of the Michigan State Police. â??They're very quiet people that stay to themselves and this is unusual that someone had victimized them in a crime such as these.â??
According to the police, the incidents occurred in Gladwin and Clare Counties on May 22 and June 4 late at night on rural roads. Amish community members were riding in their buggies when the armed suspects stopped them and demanded cash.
â??These are very serious crimes,â?? said McNamara. â??The fact that theyâ??re stopping a buggy and demanding something from them, itâ??s a very serious crime. We donâ??t take that very lightly.â??
Police are reaching out to the public for help.
â??Right now we just want someone to come forward,â?? said McNamara. â??Second-hand knowledge, first-hand knowledge, whatever knowledge they have of these instances that occurred in both Claire and Gladwin County.â??
Gladwin County SD and Clare County SD are assisting the Michigan State Police in this investigation.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call the Michigan State Police West Branch at (989) 345-0956, Tpr Wroth at (989) 745-8448, or Clare County SD at (989) 539-5721.
Crime Stoppers of the Michigan State Police West Branch Post is now offering a reward of up to one thousand dollars for anyone who has information about the crimes.