Moore police battling looters, families look to protect themselves

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on May 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

MOORE, Okla. -- In the aftermath of the Moore tornado, criminals are now targetting victims.

Looters are adding insult to injury in the tornado ravaged town just outside Oklahoma City.

To fight further emotional devastation, police are on every street patrolling to protect what’s left of the battered neighborhoods.

At night, however, it’s pitch black out with no electricity; the only light coming from generators.

For that reason, Moore is once again under a mandatory curfew to keep looters out.

Police say they arrested two men Tuesday evening for looting. Police Sergeant Jeremey Lewis says officers are cracking down on looters to protect residents.

“Two individuals arrested for looting, two Hispanic males in their 20’,” he said. “Over the night time we did not have any reports of looting. We had a lot of extra patrols by officers so hopefully that will stop some of that.”

Meanwhile, people in Oklahoma aren’t asking if, but when will the next tornado occur.

Many homes in the area don’t have basements. For that reason, storm shelters that resemble underground bunkers are selling out as fast as factories can make them.

At Smart Shelters, they have sold 400 of them for roughly $3,000 apiece since Monday.

Residents like Heather Ethridge didn’t need much convincing after this week.

“I just want to have somewhere safe for my family to go,” she said.

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