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Holmes County residents concerned with looting problems

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HOLMES COUNTY, MS (WLBT) -  Holmes County residents fear they are the forgotten tornado victims. 

Some said they need more volunteer help and security at their properties. Tammy Swarek's home in the Franklin community was destroyed in the April 24th tornado. She pays someone $100 a night to watch her property and keep looters at bay.

Holmes County sheriff's deputies said copper wire has been stripped from appliances and valuables have gone missing. Seventy-year-old Reverend Espy Brown was the only fatality due to the violent storm. Deputies said looters stole the reverend's jewelry before the coroner arrived.

"I came home and doors were gone; the television was gone. If they were so significant to me I would have gotten them, but everyone said leave them," said looting victim Lorena Garnett.

"We had a reverend that passed away in this storm and while he was laying in the street someone came and took the rings off his hands and searched his pajamas for his wallet," said Tammy Swarek.

Sheriff's deputies told WLBT that most of the stolen items have been recovered. They could not confirm if any arrests have been made in the looting.

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