People Arrested for Looting in Hurricane Florence Aftermath

Marco Green
September 19, 2018

After Tropical Storm Florence struck North Carolina, many looted a local store in Wilmington.

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"We are aware of the looting occurring at the Family Dollar Store at 13th & Greenfield Sts, unfortunately management has asked not to intervene at this time", the department tweeted.

Earlier this afternoon dozens of individuals went into the Family Dollar Store at 1318 Greenfield St and stole numerous items from the store.

Officers spoke with the district attorney and again to the owner, who later changed his mind, WECT reported.

Officers are now working to identify and arrest those involved in the looting.

The police department is also enforcing an extended curfew for blocks between 13th, 14th, Greenfield, and Martin streets, according to the report. We need to take a strong stance.

"It's important to take a strong stand against looting", he added.

After learning about looting during natural disasters, district attorney Ben David repeated his statement, which he made before the release of "Florence" on the coast: "In our cell there are empty seats".

Brunswick County authorities arrested four people earlier this week on felony breaking and entering charges. The curfew will go into effect at 5 p.m. and will last until 6 a.m.

To increase the number of "free places" for those who decide to cash in on a universal trouble, the city authorities have made original castling: some of the arrested were released on bail, someone was transferred to other places of detention. "If that means going into unoccupied homes because people have left or looting property that's exposed to the elements or price gouging that comes in the wake of clean up", David said.

David said his advice to the chief of police is to prosecute looters to the fullest extent of the law.

"It is a felony", David said. They tell FOX 46 that all of the damage to the store wasn't storm damage, it was "people damage". Now investigating the robbery of Dollar General on the corner of 5th and Dawson Streets - 5 looters have already been identified and arrested. "These are serious crimes, and they are going to be seriously punished". However, the department later announced on Twitter it was working to identify the alleged thieves and vowed to "charge them to the fullest extent of the law".

David said the looters' conduct does not reflect the overall community.

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