12 charged with looting during Pa. floods
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - September 13, 2011 (WPVI) -- A dozen people have been charged with looting homes as residents were ordered to evacuate because of massive flooding affecting parts of northeastern Pennsylvania last week.
Prosecutors in Luzerne County say burglary charges can be more severe if the crimes occur during a state of emergency like an evacuation.
District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll called the looting "despicable" because residents had already been victimized of the flooding.
In one case, police say a woman tasked with watching a neighbor's home stole a big-screen television, a computer and various other items. In another, two men allegedly stole a shotgun, two rifles, watches, computers and tools.
Musto Carroll says the thefts are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
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