Men charged with stealing from tornado victims in Elon

Stephen Wells (left) and Joshua Woodward (right) are charged with larceny (Amherst County Sheriff's Office)

ELON, Va. (WSET) - Amherst County Deputies arrested two men they say were stealing from victims of last Sunday's tornado.

Deputies responded to Nottoway Drive Saturday and arrested Stephen Wells, 23, and Joshua Woodward, 34.

Officials say both men are from Ruckersville.

They're charged with larceny, tresspassing, property damage, and possession of marijuana.

Both men are being held at the Amherst Adult Detention Center.

The sheriff's office says this is an illustration of the type of evil that will prey on victims.

"If you are or know property owners that are not able to stay at their homes due to damage, please remove / secure anything that you intend to keep. You can also post your property with no trespassing signs to allow deputies to charge individuals if we catch them during our patrols in the storm affected area. Most of all thank you to observant neighbors who continue to watch over one another," they wrote on their Facebok page.

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