Published May 07, 2007
GREENSBURG, Kan. – Four Fort Riley soldiers and a reserve police officer were arrested for looting cigarettes and alcohol from a store in this tornado-ravaged town, the state adjutant general's office said.
Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the state's adjutant general, said the soldiers and reserve police officer had come to assist on their own and were not part of any official detachment.
"These were people who weren't supposed to be there. They said they came down to help on their own," Bunting said.
Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the adjutant general's office, said the five were arrested at a Dillon's supermarket and were being held at the Pratt County Jail without bond. She said all five were in uniform so police allowed them to come and go freely despite a curfew in the town.
Watson said the officer was from a central Kansas community, but she was not sure which town.
In a separate incident, two people wearing Red Cross jackets who were not members of the Red Cross were arrested for looting, Watson said, although she did not have any additional details.
The Pratt County Sheriff's Office said it would release information later in the day.
Fort Riley did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Greensburg, a south-central Kansas town of about 1,500 people, was destroyed by a tornado that killed eight people in the town and injured scores of others.