'Tornado looters' traveled to Oklahoma, police say, to steal items

Debris from the tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma, is shown in this photo (FILE).

June 14, 2013 7:30:00 AM PDT
Tornado looters stole jewelry, watches, cameras and more from people who had already lost so much in Moore, Oklahoma, officials said.

Authorities say the tornado looters traveled from as far away as New York and Virginia to go through the rubble before homeowners could.

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. Twenty-four people were killed.

Several Moore residents were also arrested on similar misdemeanor complaints.

Residents have filed