Looters arrested in Moore

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Updated: 5/24/2013 1:08 am Published: 5/23/2013 9:09 pm

As Moore families start to move forward, pieces of metal ripped from people's homes they lost in the tornado is piling up at the edge of yards.

However, there are intruders lurking in neighborhoods and residents are watching for looters.

"That just really bothers me, if you are going to come here you help people you don't benefit from their loss," said Heather Kirchen.

FOX23 News was in Kirchen's neighborhood near Broadway and Fourth Street when Moore police arrested three people for stealing scrap metal.

The back of the suspects' truck was piled with metal scrap.

"We knocked on the door, I promise you that," said one of the suspects in cuffs.

Neighbors say they watched the three suspected looters pick through yards and haul off with their scrap metal. The neighbor who called the police let his voice be heard by the suspects.

"You didn't ask anybody, I was watching you," said Greg Rivera.

Another neighbor watched in dismay as the two men and woman were taken into custody.

"That is pathetic," said Kirchen.

Rivera said he didn't want the men to get away. It was their scrap to make money.

"It's either call the police or do something I shouldn't do," said Rivera. “They just need to stay away."

As one of the suspects was in handcuffs he told the neighbors he was given permission but one of the victim's says she told him not to take her debris.

"He was yanking and pulling on it and I was like I don't know if we want to get rid of that," said Sabrina King.

She didn't want a confrontation but was relieved to see her neighbors jump into action. The suspect's stomped on her rose bushes her late grandmother planted – one of the few things that survived the tornado.

"You don't do that, it's inconsiderate," said King.

A few of the neighbors would like to see ID's required to get into neighborhoods.

"Why should other people get in and randomly walk around," said John Kirchen.

As the suspects were being taken away, Mrs. Kirchen had a message for the accused looters.

"I don't care how hard up you are; everyone in here is harder up than you are," said Heather Kirchen.

Moore police took the two men and woman into custody facing misdemeanor charges for looting a disaster.

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Unwashed Mass - 5/27/2013 6:26 PM
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A mangled piece of a car lands in your back yard. There's no way to identify it other than it's a piece of a car. If you drag it off your property, is it auto theft?

Unwashed Mass - 5/25/2013 1:23 PM
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Would be interesting to know who let them past the police checkpoint.

Steve In Tulsa - 5/25/2013 1:17 PM
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This is disgusting. These people in Moore need every red cent they can come up with to rebuild their entire lives. And these goons come in and start stealing the bits and pieces of peoples lives. It is disgusting. I cannot believe there are disgusting people thieves like this in the world who will steal anything from people who have been ruined. And you people here saying this is no big deal are obviously children who have never owned anything and believe the world owes you something for nothing. You are just as bad as the looters if you think it is okay to rob people in a disaster like this. Damn progressive totalitarians are responsible for this disgusting 'entitlement' that so many on the left claim. They claim everyone else as their slaves. I am already the tax slave of the government. Leave my scrap alone!

Unwashed Mass - 5/24/2013 3:26 PM
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If they were taking someone's family bible and not just pieces of blowing tin, then maybe the outrage would be valid, but this is just a mountain being made of a molehill.

t town253 - 5/24/2013 12:07 PM
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I hope they feel embarrassed and utterly ashamed of themselves. There are families who have lost not only their homes but have lost their precious loved ones...and they are out there doing this???? DISPICABLE!

WyoMoe - 5/24/2013 7:44 AM
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If it is not YOURS you have no right what so ever to take it!!! Yes, LOOTING!

Unwashed Mass - 5/23/2013 11:34 PM
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Rude, yes, but looting? Someone over-reacted.
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