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Tornado Cleanup
9:44 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Looting a problem in tornado-damaged Berkeley

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon gets a tour of a damaged neighborhood by Berkeley, Mo. Mayor Kyra Watson in St. Louis on April 23, 2011. A tornado hit the region on April 22 damaging or destroying over 750 homes and buildings.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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.