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Tornado looters? Thieves come from afar to loot tornado victims

Looters have traveled from as far away as Virginia and New York State to loot from the homes of tornado victims in and around Moore, Oklahoma, say authorities.

By Associated Press / June 13, 2013

This aerial photo shows the remains of houses in Moore, Okla., on May 21, the day after an EF5 tornado killed 24 people and caused widespread damage.

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MOORE, Okla.

Authorities say looters have come from as far away as New York and Virginia to steal from victims of last month's tornado in Moore, Okla.

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The Oklahoman reports that police arrested one man from Elmhurst, N.Y., and two from Virginia on misdemeanor complaints of stealing copper wire, scrap metal, and other items from homes destroyed by the May 20 tornado that killed 24 people.

Several Moore residents were also arrested on similar misdemeanor complaints.

Residents have filed theft reports for such items as a $50,000 watch, a $13,000 watch, a $2,000 fountain pen, and a $1,300 hunting camera.

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