Sunshine in store for Memorial Day weekend

Law makers looking to crack down on looting

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Unfortunately we have learned once a natural disaster hits, looters tend to move in and immediately pick through whatever they can get their hands on.

Now law makers are looking to crack down on looters.

"We will shoot you on site and that's what I would say to a looter coming on to our property," said Darcy Edwards.

Darcy Edwards doesn't mince words for looters.

They took things from their home after the May tornado.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said his office has filed up to 15 cases involving looting from the tornado disaster area in Moore alone.

Under current law it's very hard to prosecute looters.

"The problem we were having before was having to identify the property back to a victim.  So we couldn't charge a felony before because we would have to locate the victim." said Mashburn.

Now Representative Mark McBride (R-Moore) has filed legislation.

Senate Bill 2071 would make it a felony to steal from areas hit hard by storms.

That includes those who say they thought they were just taking junk from garbage piles.

"Whatever is on that piece of property is theirs unless they give someone permission to go in and take it out." said Mashburn.

Mashburn says he's behind it because offenders shouldn't slip through the cracks.

"I think it's certainly a deterrent," said Mashburn. "This gives a little more consequence for somebody that's going to take advantage of people who have already been victimized."