Man admits to targeting Amish and Old Order Mennonite homes in burglary spree

Lewis B. Knight

An East Earl man admitted to burglarizing more than a dozen local homes, most of the targets being Plain-sect properties.

Lewis B. Knight, 29, pleaded guilty to 14 burglaries in at least four eastern Lancaster County jurisdictions while supporting a drug habit earlier this year.

Most of the victims were Amish or Old Order Mennonite, according to police.

Knight pleaded to numerous felonies and misdemeanors regarding the spree that ended when his car got stuck in a victim’s driveway.

Many of the burglaries happened during the day, police reported.

Assistant District Attorney Randall L. Miller said five of the 14 victims were home at the time of the burglaries. On separate days, police reported, Knight was twice confronted by a resident of one home.

Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller accepted Knight’s guilty pleas Friday and will order sentence when a background check is completed in about two months.

Knight, according to police, targeted locations in Earl, East Earl, Brecknock and Salisbury townships.

Randall Miller said many stolen items were recovered, but Knight stills owes about $3,000 in restitution.

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Brett Hambright is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer who covers crime and the Lancaster County court system. He can be reached at or (717) 481-6026. You can also follow @BrettHambright on Twitter.