Amish Battling Beard Thieves
Police probing hair-cutting spree
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2011 11:39 AM CDT
Police plan to press felonious assault and burglary charges against the men involved.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Something weird is happening in Ohio's Amish country. Police are probing several incidents in which groups of Amish men allegedly forced their way into the homes of other members of the Amish community and cut off the hair and beards of the people inside, the Wheeling News-Register reports—the victims include a 74-year-old man and 13-year-old girl. The county sheriff believes the thugs were acting under orders from an Amish bishop, who demanded that they bring the hair to him to prove that his instructions had been followed. A truck and horse trailer believed to be used by the attackers are being combed for evidence. (And in other odd Amish news...)