BAXTER SPRINGS, KS.--- Residents in Baxter Springs are bearing the temperature change to protect their belongings. Sunday's tornado not only brought in destruction, but it also made it easier for people to rob other citizens. Several property owners slept in their damaged homes or pitched a tent in their backyard to make sure their personal items weren't stolen. One woman tell us thieves were stealing from their front yard and even reached into their broken window to take an X-Box.
"They're taking the shelves and stuff we're working with. This was up on the house hanging like the wire there, and they're stripping copper and stuff out of it. Which is fine, I don't care, but don't tear my house up any more than it is to do it," said Linda McCumber, Baxter Springs Tornado Victim.
"We are available in that area to respond quickly and appropriately, we just have to be made aware of the situation so we just ask that they work in corporation with us as they do on any other day and make us aware so we can conduct the investigation and respond where necessary," said Sheriff David Groves, Cherokee County Sheriff Office.
Deputies say residents should call and report any crime they see or suspect. That number is 620-429-3992.