Looters Target Superstorm Sandy Victims

Victims of superstorm Sandy are facing a new threat as looting is being reported across the New York New Jersey areas.

Queens residents told 1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten that looting has become a serious problem and that taking up arms or leaving town are the two best options for staying safe.

“The Queens District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Police Department, and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have zero tolerance for looters who would exploit a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy for their own personal gain,” said District Attorney Richard Brown last week. “Having personally viewed yesterday the devastation that encompasses the Rockaway peninsula and other areas of Queens, I want to make it clear that such lawlessness will be vigorously prosecuted by my office and that we will seek appropriate punishment.”

13 people have been arrested in Staten Island for looting according to the D.A.”s office, residents say the looting started almost immediately after the storm. Alfonso Manzo of the island’s Tottenville neighborhood was arrested for impersonating a Red Cross worker while looking into people’s windows.

Four men were arrested and charged with planning to loot a business on Long Island, eight suspects were arrested in Coney Island, Brooklyn and a woman, also from Coney Island, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a firearm when the safe she was carrying from a store was found to contain a firearm.

The New York Daily News spoke with an alleged looter, who defended his actions, saying, “Look, they’ve been looting our wallets for too long,”as he took a TV from a Rent-A-Center in Coney Island. “It’s about time we start taking this sh—back,”.

 

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