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Ala. House to consider making looting a crime

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Last April's massive tornadoes that wreaked havoc across Alabama, will be on the minds of members of the Alabama House.

The House is scheduled Tuesday to take up a bill that will make the act of looting a crime in Alabama. The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Merrill, a Republican from Tuscaloosa, which was hit hard by the storms and experienced some looting afterwards.

The bill makes looting a felony crime if it occurs after a state of emergency has been declared in an area.

If this bill gets passed into a law, people caught looting would face 10 years in prison and be fined up to $15,000.

Looting is described as entering a building or residence without authorization and damaging or removing property of another person without lawful authority.

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