3 Arrested for Looting Tornado-Damaged Home in Washington, IL

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) – Three Peoria men are in custody after investigators say they were looting a tornado-damaged home in the central Illinois community of Washington.

The Pekin Daily Times reports the trio was arrested Tuesday. They’re set to appear in court on Thursday.

All three are from Peoria and being held on felony looting charges.

Washington Police Commander Jeff Stevens says authorities got a tip from a TV crew that spotted the men at a destroyed home. Their car had electronics and valuables inside.

Authorities say another person was arrested for looting on Saturday.

More than 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Washington after a Nov. 17 tornado. The twister was one of two dozen that pelted Illinois, killing seven people.

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