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Looters try to cash in on tragedy

March 5, 2007

Americus--  Some people in Sumter County are trying to use tragedy to get away with free stuff.  The Sheriff says he won't put up with it.

The tornado demolished dozens of homes and businesses in Sumter County and left the belongings and merchandise inside exposed. Several people have been arrested so far for looting.

Sumter County Sheriff Pete Smith says he won't tolerate lawlessness in the county, especially at such a trying time.

"I don't have time to have to deal with that kind of stuff with the magnitude of all the devastation and people already distraught, they're already upset and you've got certain individuals and certain people who want to get out here and take advantage of folks at a bad time and I'm not going to put up with that," said Smith.

Outside officers from agencies such as the State Patrol and Department of Corrections are helping local law enforcers watch over the area especially big businesses like Advance Auto Parts to make sure looters don't strike.

Anyone caught will go to jail.  

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