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Tornado Victims Keep Watch for “Storm Chasers”

Michael Calhoun
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KMOX/Michael Calhoun

FENTON (KMOX) – As if losing their roof wasn’t enough, tornado victims in west and south St. Louis County are worried about losing their shirts too.

“We just want to make sure they’re aware of the fact that there are people that are storm chasers who’ll come into town and will offer to do a job,” St. Louis County police captain Steve Sack said. “They might actually do a job for them, and then six months down the road they’ll realize they used substandard materials, they didn’t do a good job and now they’ve got to do it all over again.”

Sack and other officers stood at the altar of a Fenton church Thursday, to warn of insurance troubles and contractor fraud.

He also encouraged residents to call in any unidentified trucks on their street. People are posing as fixer-uppers, when they’re really looting homes for whatever’s not been nailed down yet.

Police in Fenton and Sunset Hills have made “multiple” arrests for copper theft, for instance.

Jackie, a resident at the meeting, raised her hand to express concern about dangerously damaged buildings.

“They need to be gotten down” lest a person or animal become injured, she said. Her concerns were passed along to Sunset Hills city officials.

The police captain, meantime, is bracing for more bad news.

“In two, three weeks when the snow starts melting and the water comes into your roof, water spots could start appearing,” Sack said.

“There’s damage out there we don’t know about.”

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