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ROWLETT  (CBS11) – Kelly Showman said sign he spray painted on his home ‘Looters will be shot’ is having the opposite effect.

“It seemed to only have attracted them in is what it did,” said Showman.

The hits keep coming, weeks after the tornado tore through his Rowlett home.

“Go throughout the house, you can see what they yanked out through the walls, things like that,” said Showman.

Showman said looters tagged his home with more spray paint, stole his furniture and stripped his home of anything with copper in it.

“They’ll take bolt cutters and take the pieces that they can. Light switches gone. Pretty much every fixture you could think of they took,” said Showman.

Showman and his neighbors have had to return to work leaving hundreds of homes open and vulnerable to copper thieves.

“It’s a hot item right now,” said Rowlett Police Detective Cruz Hernandez.

Detective Hernandez said patrols are on alert after copper thieves hit a home on Harbor drive and another on Davis street in Rowlett.

Copper can be sold at recycling facilities for $1.50 to $1.75 per pound.

Hernandez said getting caught with any amount of copper is a state jail felony.  That means a possible $10,000 fine and up to two years in jail.

“You run the risk of being a convicted felon,” said Detective Hernandez.

Hernandez said bottom line, even if a home is destroyed in a natural disaster, you can’t go onto someone’s property and remove anything without their permission.

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