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March 12, 2014

Oklahoma Senate approves making looting a felony

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Senate has approved legislation that makes looting a felony in Oklahoma.

The Senate passed the measure 36-1 Tuesday evening and sent it to the House for consideration.

The measure by Republican Sen. Anthony Sykes, of Moore, elevates the crime of looting from a misdemeanor offense to a felony, with a penalty for violations ranging from two to seven years in prison.

Sykes said the measure is a response to incidents of looting after a massive tornado destroyed homes and businesses in Moore last May.

Authorities said at least five people were accused of disturbing a disaster area in Moore after the deadly May 20 tornado. That includes one who was accused of stealing morphine from a damaged area.

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