Tornado looters are converging on Moore from all over the country. They are stealing almost anything from those impacted by the May 20 tornado that took the lives of 24 people, including 10 children. According to June 14 report by Inquisitr, there have been 17 tornado looters arrested. In interviews conducted on June 14, volunteers helping Moore residents react to the tornado looters stealing from those they are trying to help rebuild their lives.
“I haven’t seen looters,” Teresa McMillon, from Oklahoma City, said. “Thankfully, while I’ve been helping, I’ve only seen the best of the best. I hope I never run into the scum, the ones hurting people who are already devastated.”
Tornado looters are stealing all sorts of things from the Moore residents. From copper pipe and wire to electronics and furniture, tornado looters are stealing anything they can get their hands on. Some tornado looters even kicked down doors of houses still standing only hours after the May tornado ripped through Moore.
“I was worried at first about hauling stuff off,” Mitch Wagner, a volunteer who drove 16 hours in his pick-up to help with the clean up. “I don’t want someone thinking I’m stealing from these people. I’ve driven out loads of trash and I’ve even hauled out furniture and appliances that can still be used. I’ve only been stopped a few times, but I have the homeowner with me.”
Tornado looters from around the country are being arrested on misdemeanor charges when caught looting. Unlike the rumors, the tornado looters are not being shot on sight.
“I’ve seen the best and worst of people, mostly the best,” a resident of Moore who didn’t want her name used. “I’m a single mom. My two kids were in Plaza Towers and I was at work. I am blessed. I’ve had some stuff stolen. Even though it was junk, it was still my junk. The folks helping me make up for the few who are here for no good. I couldn’t do it alone. My helpers smile and hug me. They don’t throw anything away without asking. They understand it is mine and it is all I have left.”
Despite the 17 tornado looters in Moore that have been arrested and the unknown number of tornado looters who have gotten away with their crimes, the good appears to outweigh the bad. There are thousands of people in Moore who are there with the best intentions, to help the Moore residents rebuild their lives and move past the Oklahoma tornado that took their belongings and homes, but didn’t touch their spirit, courage or bold determination to continue.