Tornado Cleanup
9:44 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Looting a problem in tornado-damaged Berkeley

Nearly two months after a tornado damaged hundreds of homes in north St. Louis County, some victims are facing a new trauma caused by looters.

KSDK-TV reports that residents and police in Berkeley say it is a crime of opportunity, with criminals stealing from people trying to rebuild after the April 22 twister.

Resident Tonya Brown says two break-ins this week are keeping her family from returning home, as thieves have stolen pipes in the house.

Street lights are still out in parts of Berkeley, making it easier for burglars.

Police Chief Frank McCall Jr. says patrols are being increased in tornado-damaged neighborhoods.