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St. Tammany looking for two accused in boat looting

St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies are looking for two men accused of looting thousands of dollars of property from three boats that had been docked near Slidell to protect them from Hurricane Isaac.

Capt. George Bonnett says a 17-year-old was arrested Tuesday on a charge of illegal possession of stolen property that he says the other men took and put on his boat.

Looting during an emergency carries a minimum penalty of three years at hard labor and a $5,000 fine, with up to 10 years and $10,000.

Bonnett says the thefts were reported by a man who checked his boat early Tuesday. He says investigators questioned the 17-year-old, who said a friend of his and another man had taken items from three other boats and put them on his.

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