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Police arrest 5 in North Carolina as looters begin to take advantage of Florence’s chaos

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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 arrested five people Saturday night as looters began to break into the shops while Tropical Storm Florence has brought chaos in the region.

Wilmington Police confirmed the arrests on Twitter, but not immediately releasing the identity of the five persons.

NEWS ALERT, Moments ago, officers arrested five persons who broke into and raided the Dollar General in the 5th & Dawson Streets. The costs are in treatment and those details will be released as they become available.

— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) September 15, 2018

“The charges are in treatment and those details will be released as they become available,” police said.

Authorities say around 1:30 p.m. she was aware of people place in the Dollar General on the 5th and Dawson Streets, but were initially asked by management “not to intervene at this time.”

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: @WilmingtonPD has warned for a number of looting happening in #Wilmington including at this Family Dollar Store at 13th & Greenfield Sts. We have just gone and shot a number of video pic.twitter.com/N9CtN7RVtv

— Marta Dhanis (@MartaDhanis) September 15, 2018

She later said on Twitter that they were working to identify the thieves would bring them to the full extent of the law.”

In response to the looting reports, the city of Wilmington extended the curfew for the affected area. A tweet mentions the data:

In response to the looting in the area, a comprehensive curfew is now in place for the block between 13th, 14th, Greenfield and Martin Streets. This curfew came into force on 5 hours and will remain in force till 6 pm. The whole city curfew will run from 10 am to 6 pm.

— Wilmington NC (@CityofWilm) September 15, 2018

“In response to looting in the area, a comprehensive curfew is now in place for the block between 13th, 14th, Greenfield and Martin Streets. This curfew came into force on 5 hours and will remain in force till 6 pm. The whole city curfew will run from 10 pm to 6 am.”

The National Hurricane Center said on Saturday afternoon that “catastrophic flooding” is expected in some parts of the Carolinas as Florence remained stationary over the region. At least 11 deaths have been linked to Flo so far.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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