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Three suspects accused of chaining mentally disabled people and stealing their Social Security checks were arrested in Philadelphia.

They were arrested Friday after a janitor doing checks at a building found four victims — a 29-year-old woman, and three men, ages 31, 35 and 31 — locked up in a basement boiler room at a Philadelphia residence, said Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman. The janitor released the four and called police.

Authorities believe the victims had been trapped in the tiny room for up to a week. Evers said they suffered from bed sores and “injuries that are very, very hard to describe.”

Evers said the group had moved a year ago from Texas to Florida, before traveling to Philadelphia around October 4.

Police have not named the suspects — two men, ages 51 and 41, and a 50-year-old woman who is believed to have orchestrated the check-stealing scheme.

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