Reports of looting in the storm ravaged North Carolina
Fox News crew witnessed the alleged looting of a Dollar Store in Wilmington, North Carolina, Rick Leventhal reports.
The police in North Carolina, on Sunday asked the public for help to identify suspected looters at a dollar store in Wilmington — a city cut off in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
The police posted eight photos online of the alleged thieves, many of whom found the organization of large black trash bags for the stolen items.
The police said that the theft took place at a Family Dollar store in Wilmington, but did not specify which location.
Officers tweeted Sunday that she has a zero-tolerance policy in the loot: “If you loot, you will be arrested.”
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Five people were arrested in Wilmington on Saturday for the alleged theft from a Dollar General store in the city, police said.
The Management of the store in the first instance, asked the police “not to interfere.” However, the department later announced on Twitter it was working to identify the alleged thieves, and promised to “charge them to the full extent of the law.”
Florence, now categorized as a tropical depression caused severe flooding that cut off roads to the city.
Drivers tried to navigate a flooded road that leads to Interstate 40, Castle Hayne, N. C., after a corruption of Florence cut off access to Wilmington, N. C., on Sunday.
(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
The officials of New Hanover County and Wilmington said Sunday that the additional rainfall on Saturday night caused more problems for the environment. Woody White, chairman of the provincial Board of directors, said Sunday that “there is no access to Wilmington.”
Wilmington has survived its share of hurricanes, but also the city of 120,000 had not suffered the amount of rain that fell from Florence, which has claimed the lives of at least 15 persons.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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