The Looting Begins: Four Arrested In Post-Hurricane Chaos

Saturday, September 15, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Sat, 09/15/2018

Unfortunately for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Florence, the rash of empty properties and businesses left behind represent prime targets for criminals seeking to take advantage of the disaster conditions to pull off a few big scores. Residents of Houston endured a wave of looting during Hurricane Harvey last summer, and now it appears that a similar storm-inspired crime wave is afflicting several badly-hit counties in North Carolina.

In response, police are stepping up efforts to thwart burglaries after police in Brunswick county arrested four young men on burglary-related charges, according to the Charlotte Observer. Another suspect is being sought.

The Brunswick sheriff’s office posted on Facebook Friday morning that officers had “detained several individuals throughout the night for felony B&E,” prompting sheriff John Ingram to issue a stern warning: Anybody caught looting will be locked up.

“I want to send a message to the criminal element that’s looking for that opportunity, we’re gonna do everything within our power, to be very vigilant, working with our community, and if you seek to prey upon the citizens of Brunswick County, we’re going to do everything we can to lock you up,” Sheriff Ingram said. “I made sure ahead of time, that we had adequate space for anybody that wanted to try that.”

The message followed reports that four people were arrested overnight in connection with break-ins of cars and a convenience store.

Dashaun Smith, 25, and Brandon Bellamy, 30, were jailed on charges of possession of burglary tools and breaking and/or entering after a break-in at Tommy’s Mini Mart in Leland, according to WWAY. Devin Harris, 21, and Justice Harris, 18, were jailed on a charge of breaking and/or entering a vehicle, the station reported.

All four mug shots were swiftly posted online by the Asheville Citizen-Times:

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