The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 24, 2013

2 alleged tornado looters caught in Cleveland Co.

Associated Press
Associated Press

NEWALLA, Okla. — The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office says two alleged looters have been arrested in the tornado-stricken area of Newalla.

Sheriff Joe Lester said Monday deputies saw the suspects Friday night picking up metal and wood and loading into a vehicle.

Officials say 45-year-old Christopher Allen Jones, of Newalla, and 42-year-old Candy Renee Jenkins, of Oklahoma City, each face complaints of disturbing a disaster area. Jenkins also was cited for obstructing a police officer. She allegedly gave a false name when she was being booked.

The damaged area in Newalla was hit by storms on May 19.

The sheriff says Jones and Jenkins told investigators neither lives in the stricken area and they didn’t have permission to remove the property. Each told investigators they had been taking debris for about two weeks.