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Several people accused of looting Washington homes damaged by tornado

Washington tornado damage photo 11-20-13 (WQAD Photo)

Washington tornado damage photo 11-20-13 (WQAD Photo)

Several people have been accused of looting through debris from damaged homes in Washington, Illinois following a tornado that hit that town hard.

Severe storms pushed across Illinois and spawned tornadoes that touched down in the towns of Pekin and Washington on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Court records show 51-year-old Ayron Casey of Eureka, Illinois was charged Saturday, December 7, 2013 with one felony count of looting.  She was granted a public defender, and jail records show she was released from the Tazewell County Jail after posting 10% of her $5,000 bond on December 10.

The Peoria Journal-Star reported Casey said she thought enough time had passed since the tornado happened.  WHOI reported Casey was the first person arrested for looting since the tornado.

Andrew Wallace Jr., 25, Sherry A. Wallace, 51 and Antonio L. Giles, 30, all of Peoria, were arrested Tuesday, December 10, 2013 after they allegedly took several items, including electronics and other valuables, from damaged homes on two streets in Washington, Illinois.  A WHOI news crew reportedly caught them in the act.

Court records showed formal charges had not yet been filed against the three suspects.  Jail records showed they were each released on their own recognizance from the Tazewell County Jail on December 12.

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