Florence: Five charged after looters raid Family Dollar and Dollar General in Wilmington, officials say

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- As Florence continues to trudge through the Carolinas, some people have used the time to ransack several stores in Wilmington -- dollar stores to be exact.

Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App

On Saturday afternoon, dozens of individuals went into the Family Dollar on Greenfield Street and picked the place clean.

RELATED: Florence: 'This flooding is only going to get worse'

Wilmington police were dispatched but were asked to stand down by the manager of the store.

Around 6:40 p.m., police were dispatched in response to another looting incident at the Dollar General on Dawson Street.

Officials say five people were charged in connection with that robbery.

As for the looting at the Family Dollar on Greenfield Street, Wilmington police said that despite the wishes of the store manager, they will still be searching for the individuals who robbed the store and charging them "to fullest extent of the law."

Copyright © 2022 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.