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Police arrest five for stealing from victims of Kentucky tornadoes

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The police in Kentucky, USA, have arrested five suspects who took advantage of the tornadoes that ravaged the city to steal cars, shoes, copper wiring, and other household items from the victims,” the Graves County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Sunday.

The thefts, according to the Sheriff’s office, came about a week after a deadly tornado storm swept through the state, killing at least 78 people and destroying more than 1,000 homes.

“Sheriff’s deputies received a report of suspicious activity on Friday afternoon just half a mile away from a candle factory that was leveled during the tornadoes, leaving eight people dead,” the statement said.

“It was reported that several suspects that appeared to have been working in a group were rummaging through persons personal property, and loading vehicles that were destroyed by the tornado.

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“When deputies arrived, they stopped the group before they could leave the area with stolen vehicles in tow.

“Five Kentuckians were arrested for allegedly stealing vehicles and household items from tornado-damage victims.”

Giving breakdown of the arrested suspects, the report said:

“Kaitlyn Moore, 29, was charged with theft by unlawful taking of a vehicle, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of methamphetamine after the drug was allegedly found hidden in her body cavity.

“Linda Morris, 52, was stopped with copper wiring, a new pair of “Ugg” boots that she had stolen from someone’s home, and syringes containing methamphetamine.

“She’s facing charges of theft by unlawful taking of an automobile, possession of methamphetamine, operating on a suspended license, and theft of personal property.

“Kevin Stowe, 55, was allegedly found with more than $120,000 dollars in cash while driving a vehicle with a stolen license plate. He was charged with theft of an automobile and theft of a vehicle registration plate.

“Ronnie White, 57, and Lynne Bailey, 56, were both also charged with unlawful taking of an automobile.”

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