At least five people are arrested and dozens more are captured on video & looting a Family Dollar & # 39; in Wilmington when the city on the coast of North Carolina becomes a virtual island isolated by floods
- The police issued a warning about the activity on Saturday afternoon
- The store administration reported the looting but asked the police to withdraw
- The images of a local news station show dozens of people carrying everything they could get from the store
- Police say that several people could be identified in the video
- They also asked the community to stop to identify the looters
Megan Sheets for Dailymail.com
The looters reportedly stormed a Family Dollar store in Wilmington when the coastal city of North Carolina became a virtual island isolated by flooding following the passage of Hurricane Florence.
Police have arrested at least five people in connection with looting at the Greenfield Street store on Saturday.
First they issued a warning about the activity that afternoon after the shop administration reported, but they asked the police to leave.
Images from the local WECT news station show dozens of people carrying any items they might have in their hands outside the store and back to a public housing community called Houston Moore.
While there were no members of the police on the scene due to the administration's request, the police issued a curfew for the area from 5 p.m. from Saturday until 6 a.m. Sunday.
They also said that many of the alleged looters could be identified in the WECT video. They encouraged the locals to inform anyone they recognized in the images.
Police have arrested at least five people in connection with the looting in a Family Dollar in Wilmington. Dozens of alleged looters were captured on camera by the local WECT television station
WECT journalist Chelsea Donovan, who went to the scene with another employee to film the looting, said: "When we passed the hill in Greenfield Street, you could see people everywhere."
Their filming shows many alleged looters, some of whom wore masks, as they went out the front and back entrances of the Family Dollar with several objects in their hands.
Both journalists retired to their vehicle shortly after as they felt that the situation had gone out of control.
"I was worried all the time, I'm not going to lie, but I was there to get the story," Donovan said.
It is unclear why the Family Dollar administration asked the police not to intervene in the store, but the Wilmington Police Department has indicated that the criminals will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
& # 39; We will do everything possible to protect your property. This is not an answer to the video. This has been our message [since] before the storm came, "the department said.