Looters target properties with tarps

Damaged homes with tarps (Chopper11 HD)

April 26, 2011 4:13:09 AM PDT
Whether it's a neighborhood of tarp covered houses in northeast Raleigh, or a single tarp covered home on Maywood Avenue off South Saunders, the blue material is apparently being seen as a green light for looters.

"I've seen people walk through and pick up stuff that doesn't really belong to them, and I think that's unfair to the people who have these houses," one resident said. "I think that shouldn't happen."

The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, says he's reported the problem to Raleigh police.

They've arrested two men for allegedly taking from a business on South Saunders Street and they're keeping an eye out for more.

And in Fayetteville, police say looting is a problem too. Seven homes in the city have been looted since the storms -- three on First Street.

"We want to stress to citizens that police are still maintaining a presence in these affected areas," Sergeant Todd Joyce, Fayetteville Police Department, said.

Police are asking neighbors to be nosey and report anything suspicious. Police also advise people to remove their personal belongings from stores and business that are not secure.

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