Tornado Victims Also Battling Looters

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LANCASTER, Tex. -- People in Texas are cleaning up after last week's tornado. They also have an added headache, battling looters. Police in Lancaster say they've arrested 14 people since last week's storm.

"When we confront them they say they're here to help the neighborhood to clean up, but we know what they're here for and we're not tolerating anybody that's picking stuff up without the property owner's consent," said Chief Larry Flatt
with Lancaster Police.

Police have more officers patrolling neighborhoods hit hardest by the tornado. They're also getting additional help from the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.

"We've put five people in jail just today," said Chief Flatt.

Tornado victims worry that they will lose what little they have left. One woman says they've taken some of her belongings and she worries looters will return.

"I think they have stolen two TVs and we just have to look through -- to seeĀ  what else," said tornado victim Sharon Branch.

Some neighbors are watching their AC units closely because of copper thefts. They've seen criminals take off with scrap metal.

"It angers me. It really does because my heart is broken for the people on this area," Branch said.

Homeowners worry because their homes are out in the open which makes them a greater target for crime.

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