Pa. man gets 6 years in burglaries of Plain homes

LANCASTER, Pa. - October 14, 2011

The Intellgencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports 24-year-old Martin Schenker apologized to his victims during a sentencing hearing Thursday in Lancaster County court.

Prosecutors say Schenker targeted more than a dozen homes during the spree. Plain sects include the Amish and conservative Mennonite branches.

The Intellgencer Journal/Lancaster New Era report says four children wrote letters to the judge saying they had their allowances stolen; two were saving to buy a pony. Schenker's attorney said his client took tools, money and firearms to feed a drug problem.

Schenker faces more burglary charges in neighboring Chester County.

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