Penn Live reports that a Chester County, PA woman has been accused of stealing 12 puppies from two Amish couples while they were away from home at church service.

Charges, filed Monday, come well over a year after the thefts were reported:

MIFFLINBURG – A Chester County woman is accused of stealing 12 pug puppies valued at $14,700 that were being raised for sale by two Amish couples in Union County.

State police at Milton have charged Cherie Elaine Schast, 62, of Honey Brook, with criminal trespass, theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and unlawful entry. Warrants have been issued for her arrest.

The charges were filed Monday but the thefts were reported Sept. 17, 2018, and July 3, 2017. Six pug puppies were stolen each time.

The affidavit in support of the charges details the course of the investigation from 2018 until this past Jan. 30.

That is when police say they learned Schast allegedly had admitted to a former friend she had stolen the puppies.

That individual told investigators Schast had told her she targeted the Amish because she believed they would be in church for a long time, the affidavit states.

There’s one detail in the article that appears to be off. The story claims that two Amish couples were victimized here.

The first couple do have an Amish last name. The second couple, however, have the last name “Reiff.” Another source suggests they may be Old Order Mennonite. There are both Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities in Union County. So I think that’s an error.

Criminals have taken advantage of the Amish religious schedule in the past, burglarizing Amish homes while families were away at three-hour church services.

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