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Crime/Courts

July 6, 2013

Deputies arrest two men accused of looting in the Newalla disaster area

NORMAN — Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two more people on looting complaints in the Newalla disaster area, bringing the total to eight arrests in the past three weeks.

A deputy was patrolling the 16000 block of Harrah Road on Wednesday afternoon when he saw a pickup parked in a driveway. The area was damaged in the May 19 tornado.

The deputy noticed the pickup bed was loaded with scrap metal and two men identified as Nathan Lee Simpson, 23, of Del City, and Ace William Morgan, 24, of Norman, were near the truck. One of the men was breaking down a satellite dish and loading it into the truck bed. The other subject was removing scrap metal from the home and throwing it in the vehicle.

When the deputy spoke with the men, Morgan told the deputy he once lived at the home and paid rent. However, he moved from the residence June 1.

The deputy contacted the property owner, who confirmed that Morgan was no longer a tenant. The property owner told the deputy neither Morgan nor Simpson had permission to be on the property to remove anything.

During the interview, Simpson and Morgan admitted to being on the property without permission and taking scrap metal. Simpson told the deputy he accompanied Morgan to the area to help him.

The men were arrested on complaint of disturbing a disaster area. They were booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center. Formal charges against the men are pending.

CCSO deputies have arrested eight people since June 12 for disturbing a disaster area. Anyone who sees any suspicious activity in the tornado disaster area should dial 911 immediately and report it.

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