Twin brothers Daniel and Caleb Tate, 22, allegedly spent their winter break from college attacking their local Amish community with various explosives.
Daniel attends Pepperdine University in California, and Caleb goes to Belmont University in Tennessee. While home in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, the Tate brothers reportedly set off explosives in five separate locations. Why they decided to torment the Amish is unknown at this time. It’s said they attacked various buildings, including a produce shed and a well-pump shed.
They allegedly targeted up the “phone shanty,” where the Amish keep the shared community telephone, since they don’t allow them in their homes. The Tates are also accused of blowing up mailboxes and exploding bombs in the woods.
The enterprising young men are said to have used improvised explosive devices, pipe bombs, and other dangerous explosives that they’d made themselves out of blowtorches, propane canisters, and other parts.
Compounding their crimes, the college boys couldn’t be bothered paying for some of their materials, and video was obtained of them shoplifting.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a press release, “We live in a world where the thought of bombs exploding around us is a very real fear. These defendants brought that fear to our region during a two-week crime spree where they detonated multiple IEDs.”
“Improvised explosive devices are not harmless fire crackers. They are dangerous, destructive, and can be very deadly,” Sam Rabadi, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said in the release.
They young men are fortunate that no injuries occurred as a result of the rampage. That’s only by chance, though, as there could have been people present in any of the buildings they targeted. They were arrested Monday, and facing counts of arson, possession of explosive devices, conspiracy, and theft, among other serious charges. Both brothers are currently out on bail and have been fully cooperative with authorities.