More than a dozen people have been arrested for looting or planning on looting California homes that have been vacated by those fleeing wildfires, according to a Sunday report.
A total of 13 people have been apprehended as Californians continue to report looting cases, Sheriff Jim Hart told the Associated Press. Thousands have fled their homes in anticipation of wildfires spreading from south San Francisco, AP reported.
“I have no empathy, I have no patience for somebody who’s going to come into our community and steal from people who have been evacuated and victimized and traumatized,” Hart said during a news conference, according to AP.
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A total of five suspected looters were arrested Sunday in one traffic stop, Chief Deputy Chris Clark told the AP. Officers recovered six firearms, drug equipment and other stolen property, Clark said, according to AP.
More than 100 law enforcement officers are sweeping evacuation zones and stopping any non-emergency response vehicles, AP reported.
A fire chief was among the victims of the recent theft when looters reportedly swiped his wallet from a department-issued vehicle, according to the news wire.
“I can’t imagine a bigger low-life,” Hart told AP about the theft of the chief’s belongings.
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