Moore tornado victims looted

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MOORE, Okla. - Within hours of the storm  hitting Moore Wednesday, people were  waiting to take advantage of storm victims.

Instead of helping victims, some saw it as an opportunity to strike and make things worse for those already suffering damage.

"I thank God for Mike Morgan, I do, and Bob Moore of course, Chopper Four, they're just like wow! They saved their lives there's no question they saved their lives," Cathy Birlew says. She was on the phone with her son, who lives in the 100 block of North Dallas Ave. in Moore, when the storm hit.

"I would've been sitting right where that couch is, right behind that window ," Jeremy Birlew said.

"There was (sic) no sirens ,there was nothing, just me on the phone," Cathy said. She told Jeremy to take shelter as she watched Mike Morgan's warnings.

"Jeremy called me and told me that he was going down the cellar. It was bad," Shirley, Jeremy's wife, said.

Shirley made it home, pulled up, and saw her home in tact.

"I couldn't get the door to open and when I opened it and the house was gone from the front door, my heart , I mean i freaked," Shirley says.

The back part was nearly leveled.

"When I opened it and the house was gone you have no idea what that did," Shirley says.

On top of all the damage, the family then had to worry about looters coming in.  Looters couldn't take the 75 inch TV, though. It was already destroyed.

"They had come in through, of course, the big back hole in the back of our house," Shirley says.

"They rummaged the kids rooms here, all this was rummaged and pilfered. There was a TV here with game systems in here. Of course, anything worth anything is gone," Jeremy says.

Gaming systems, cameras, memories, all gone.

"It's disgusting, it's despicable, return my pictures at least," Shirley said.

But it's the priceless things remaining that this family is thankful for.

"Animals made it, everything made it, that's all that counts, all the rest we can replace," Jeremy said.

The family says they tried to stay and board up the home, but Moore Police would not let them back in the area.

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