National Guard Soldiers Looting in Joplin

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) _ The Missouri National Guard says four of its
soldiers stole electronics from a Walmart store while helping
recovery efforts after last year’s tornado in Joplin.

The Guard released records on the incident to the Joplin Globe
on Tuesday after refusing to release them last week. The Guard had
claimed it was exempt from the state’s open records law.

The Globe reports that three specialists
and a sergeant admitted taking video game players, a camera and
other items. The Guard did not release the soldiers’ names.

They were part of a team of 16 soldiers assigned to help after
the Walmart was destroyed by the tornado, which killed 161 people.

An investigating officer recommended the soldiers be demoted but
the records do not indicate what punishment they received.

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