4 Michigan Methheads Loot Kentucky Tornado Victims
"We cannot let it happen. To take advantage of somebody who has lost everything is beyond despicable." These are the words from Kentucky Governor, Andy Beshear about the looting of tornado victims that is taking place in his state.
4 men from Michigan have been arrested for allegedly stealing property from tornado-damaged homes and vehicles in Caldwell County, Kentucky.
Photos of the destructive storm can be seen below.
Fox 17 reports that on December 16 detectives were helping officers with needs arising from the recent tornadoes and storms when they noticed four men. The detectives approached the men for questioning and discovered they had looted tornado-damaged vehicles and houses.
The four men are identified as Mitchell Stanton from Coldwater, Jesse Stanton from Coldwater, Sevon Gowen from Sturgis, and Brandon Ransbottom from Bronson.
Police did not identify their relationship towards one another other than to say their hometowns in Michigan are all located on US 12.
Mitchell E. Stanton, 30, and Jesse H. Stanton, 29, both of Coldwater, Michigan, were arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property. The two were released on their recognizance ahead of an arraignment hearing in Caldwell District Court.
Sevon E. Gowen, 25, of Sturgis, Michigan, was charged with possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), and first-degree promoting contraband.
Brandon L. Ransbottom, 27, of Bronson, Michigan, was charged with possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property, possessing a handgun as a convicted felon, and possession of marijuana.
The official death toll stands at 77 after the cluster of tornadoes ripped through the Commonwealth last weekend. The storm is now the deadliest in the state's history. The tornado was measured at EF4, and its path was more than 220 miles.