Oklahoma's insurance commissioner says he would support legislation heightening the penalty for looters.
Four state representatives have pledged to introduce a bill next legislative session that would change looting from a misdemeanor to a felony following the arrest of several dozens of people believed to have stolen property during May's tornadoes.
"It's hard to believe that anyone would try to steal from someone who's already lost so much. Looting is the definition of kicking a man when he's down. We will not stand by and let thieves prey on our citizens," said Commissioner John Doak. "Looting is a cold crime that deserves a stiff penalty ... Their bill has my full support."
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Under current law, looting from a disaster area is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison, a $3,000 fine, or both.