12 charged with looting during Pa. floods

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - September 13, 2011

Prosecutors in Luzerne County say burglary charges can be more severe if the crimes occur during a state of emergency like an evacuation.

District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll called the looting "despicable" because residents had already been victimized of the flooding.

In one case, police say a woman tasked with watching a neighbor's home stole a big-screen television, a computer and various other items. In another, two men allegedly stole a shotgun, two rifles, watches, computers and tools.

Musto Carroll says the thefts are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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