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UPDATE: Couple Charged With Looting Tornado Victim's Home

Mary Destefano and Matthew Gillikin are charged with 4 felonies after police say the couple stole a washer, dryer, refrigerator and an air conditioning unit from a Craven County home damaged in April's tornado outbreak.

Destefano posted a $5,000 bond, Gillikin is still in jail under a $5,000 secured bond. The homeowner does not have insurance to replace the appliances that were sold to a local recycling shop and will try to get restitution from the suspects.

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The Craven County Sheriff's says they received a report some major appliances may have been stolen while a homeowner was away.

It was just over a week ago when a tornado ripped through a Craven County neighborhood off of Highway 70. Many volunteers and contract workers have been helping repair the damage, but it seems not everyone was helping. Deputies say a neighbor reported the home at 6260 Highway 70 East had it's washer, dryer, and refrigerator stolen this week. Neighbors say it's terrifying someone would do this.

"It's a very bad feeling. I can't hardly sleep at night because I think what if somebody tries to break in over here," said Kelly Smith who's home was also damaged in the tornado.

Captain Joe Heckman with the Craven County Sheriff's Office says check out workers and volunteers before allowing them to help you.

"If you don't know who they are, request that they show you some kind of identification or some type of licensing showing you that they can do, they can legally do what they are telling you," said
Captain Heckman.

The sheriff's office says this is the only home in the area that might have been hit by looters.


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