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Oklahoma tornadoes: First Oklahoma tornado looting charges filed

Five people have been charged so far with looting offenses since May 20 tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore.
by Nolan Clay Modified: May 30, 2013 at 9:57 pm •  Published: May 31, 2013

The first criminal charges have been filed against Oklahomans suspected of looting in Moore after the May 20 tornado.

So far, five people have been charged with the misdemeanor offense of disturbing a disaster area.

“It's something we take very seriously,” Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said. “We'll work with all the authorities to make sure all these offenders are prosecuted.”

The maximum punishment for a conviction of disturbing a disaster area is a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

The accused

• Accused of taking a leather couch and two leather love seats from a damaged Moore home on Memorial Day was Harold Webb McCrary, 44, of Oklahoma City.

• Accused of working together to take metal May 23 from a damaged neighborhood in Moore were Janet Neill, 44, and Roy Lee Bishop, 65, both of Oklahoma City, and David Eugene Lake, 57, of Moore.

• Accused of taking medication May 22 from a stricken area in Moore was Jared Dale Thornton, 21, of Oklahoma City.

Thornton also was charged with felony drug possession because the medication was morphine, a Moore police officer reported.

All five had not guilty pleas entered for them at their initial court appearances.

Thornton pleaded no contest in February in Cleveland County District Court to misdemeanor breaking and entering. He also faces a drug possession charge in Oklahoma County District Court. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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