3 arrested for looting tornado-ravaged Illinois home

3 arrested for looting tornado-ravaged Illinois home

The mayor of the central Illinois community of Washington says storms and tornadoes destroyed or heavily damaged between 250 and 500 homes in the Tazewell County community.

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 9:04 AM

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Three Peoria men are in custody after investigators say they were looting a tornado-damaged home in the central Illinois community of Washington.

The Pekin Daily Times reports the trio was arrested Tuesday. They’re set to appear in court on Thursday.

Click here to see photos of the devastation

All three are from Peoria and being held on felony looting charges.

Washington Police Commander Jeff Stevens says authorities got a tip from a TV crew that spotted the men at a destroyed home. Their car had electronics and valuables inside.

Photos: 6 killed in Illinois tornadoes

Authorities say another person was arrested for looting on Saturday.

More than 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Washington after a Nov. 17 tornado. The twister was one of two dozen that pelted Illinois, killing seven people.

Video: Man recites the Lord's Prayer as tornado passes through Washington

 

 

 

 

 

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