Crime Is A Trade

Looters travel to Oklahoma to practice their trade.


MOORE — Arrested with a truck full of copper wire, scrap metal and other items from homes destroyed by the May 20 tornado in Moore, three men told police they came hundreds of miles — all the way from Virginia — for the sole purpose of looting in the disaster area.

Another resident reported that a $50,000 watch was stolen from his home in Moore.

Nearly three weeks since a monster tornado tore through the city, killing more than 20 and wiping entire homes from existence, Moore police continue to investigate looting in the massive disaster area.

Steven Corky Daniels, of Harrisonburg, Va., was arrested Sunday when a Moore police officer spotted him walking near Broadway and SW 8 carrying a “large piece of utility wire in his hand.”

Daniels, 36, claimed to be the owner of recycling company in his home state. He apparently admitted to police why he was in Moore.

“(Daniels) advised he drove from Virginia to Moore … with two other subjects for the purpose of removing steel and copper utility wire from the disaster area,” an affidavit filed in Cleveland County District Court shows.

Daniels was charged with disturbing a disaster area, a misdemeanor, on Monday. He has since posted bail.

Steve Costello, 44, and Justin Wagner, 25, were arrested, along with Daniels. And like Daniels, police say both men admitted why they had driven to Oklahoma when questioned.

Costello was seen standing next to a truck with a trailer filled with “a large amount of steel and copper utility wire,” a police officer wrote in the affidavit. Wagner was spotted “going through disaster debris.”

Costello listed an address in Elmhurst, N.Y., when he was booked into the Cleveland County jail. Wagner is from McGaheysville, Va., arrest records show.




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