Tornado Victims Fight Back Against Looters

By: Fox News Email
By: Fox News Email

PLEASANT GROVE, AL -- 5/4/11 -- 3:45pm:

Steve Harvell has been keeping a close watch on his Pleasant Grove neighbors who are staying busy cleaning up after a tornado destroyed the area. Two people on his street have been victims of looters, and he says he wants to do what he can to make sure no one else is taken advantage of.

Harvell says, "We try and watch out and see whats going on, we have been listening to police scanner, last night was very active, which was one of the most active they've had."

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies, and police from around the area are also keeping tabs on this area and others impacted by tornadoes. Sheriff Mike Hale says law enforcement officers are working together to keep anyone suspicious out.

"The message is to these folks, we are not letting people in that want to look for business, if you are here at the request of a homeowner, we will let you in, get the job done, but we are not going to let people profiteer in there, we are not letting criminals in there," says Hale.

Most people in Pleasant Grove are still sifting through the rubble that used to be their homes, trying to salvage what's left. Some residents say in a neighborhood that has been through so much, it is frustrating to still have to worry about looting.

Melissa Perry, who is helping neighbors clean up, says, "It's just that people have already lost so much that how can you take from someone? How can you take from someone who lost everything?"

Law enforcement officers say they will continue to do their part to keep these residents safe and make sure they don't suffer any additional losses.


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