Four Michigan Dirtbags Accused of Stealing from Tornado Victims in Kentucky
Stealing from people who've already had their lives ripped apart by a massive tornado is lower than low, but these Michigan men managed to reach that depth on Friday (12/17).
Police in Caldwell County Kentucky arrested men, all from Southwest Michigan, who are accused of stealing property from tornado-damaged homes and vehicles.
Who Are The Men Involved?
Brandon Ransbottom, Sevon Gowen, Mitchell Stanton, and Jesse Stanton are all pictured below, along with a list of charges they face. Two of the men are from Coldwater, Michigan, while the others are from Bronson and Sturgis, Michigan.
Sevon E. Gowen of Sturgis has been charged with possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property, first-degree possession of methamphetamine, and first-degree promoting contraband.
Brandon L. Randsbottom of Bronson has been charged with possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property, possession of handgun by a felon and possession of marijuana.
Mitchell E. Stanton of Coldwater has been charged with possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.
Jesse H. Stanton of Coldwater has been charged with possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.
Kentucky Governor Weighs In
Gov. Andy Beshear tells the Courier-Journal that stealing from tornado victims in his state "beyond despicable."
"We cannot let it happen. To take advantage of somebody who has lost everything is beyond despicable," said the governor. "And if we catch you, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. Be a decent human being. Don't engage in those types of activities."