Five arrested for looting in Olive Branch - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Five arrested for looting in Olive Branch

By Chip Washington - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Olive Branch police have busted five thieves accused of taking advantage of tornado victims.

Three weeks ago, residents of the College Crossing subdivision in Olive Branch were hit by a powerful EF-2 tornado. Monday, the cleanup continued, but for many, it will take much longer to try to rebuild lives and homes.

The Grant family is staying in a hotel until their home is repaired. Saturday afternoon, they received a call from a neighbor about someone trying to loot their tornado damaged home.

"I was like, 'What can they steal? We just went through a storm,'" Carolyn Grant said. "The whole house is damaged, what can they take out of the house?"

Grant's quick-thinking neighbor saw the looters pulling plywood from a window and called police, who quickly arrived at the scene. According to Olive Branch Assistant Police Chief Mark Kimbell, five suspects were arrested.

"The suspects in that particular case range from ages from 13 to 22-years-old, and have been charged in connection with that burglary on Dexter Cove," Kimbell said.

All were charged with burglary and accessory to burglary.

Grant said the young men who tried to rob her home lived in the neighboring subdivision.  She was disappointed in their actions during this difficult time.

"They saw what was going on and should have showed some kind of compassion, and they should have been helping out instead of trying to steal from us," she said.

Police say neighbors should keep a watchful eye and reporting any suspicious activity they see to the police department.

Copyright 2009 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly