Looting has begun in storm-ravaged New York
As emergency services are already stretched to the breaking point in storm-ravaged New York City, reports of looting are now beginning to trickle in from neighborhoods throughout the city.
A few of those accounts follow:
-Brooklyn...On Tuesday morning, NY Scanner tweeted NYPD officers were responding to "mobs who are looting storefronts in several neighborhoods," throughout the borough.
-Coney Island...Buzzfeed reports that on Tuesday, "@nycarecs —an account that posts updates from city radio communications and is part of FEMA's National Preparedness Coalition— tweeted that NYPD was 'responding to looters in Coney Island right now, going into stores. Seveal [sic] cases of this, also, many cars broken into last night.'"
-Manhattan...Around 3:45 a.m., Tuesday, a security guard at the South Street Seaport reportedly caught about a dozen looters taking items from the Brookstone store on Fulton Street. The guard, Maurice Alinton, told The Gothamist: "I shined my flashlight on them, and they scattered."
Many of the looters were already wearing the headphones they had stolen, as they waded through the frigid waters carrying high-end electronics sold in the stores.
-Queens...Between Monday and Tuesday, nine individuals were arrested for looting from stores near the heavily damaged Rockaways section.
The suspects in question were arrested at a gas station, a Radio Shack and a clothing store, according to CBS New York.
Also, on Tuesday, New York State Senator Malcolm Smith told NY1 that he was receiving multiple reports of looting in Queens.
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Black Blade: There are also reports of home invasions and robbers posing as Co-Ed utility workers. Looks like this could just be starting.