Five looters arrested as Tropical Storm Florence brought chaos to North Carolina

Five looters arrested as Tropical Storm Florence brought chaos to North Carolina

North Carolina police confirmed they arrested five people Saturday night as looters began to break into stores while Tropical Storm Florence brought chaos to the region.

Wilmington Police confirmed the arrests via Twitter but didn’t immediately release the identities of the five looters.

“Charges are pending and those details will be released as they become available,” police said.

North Carolina police said around 1:30 p.m. they were made aware of looting taking place at the Dollar General on 5th and Dawson Streets but for some reason was initially asked by the management “not to intervene at this time.”

Authorities later said on Twitter that they were currently working to identify the suspects and “will charge them to the fullest extent of the law.”

In response to the looting reports, the city of Wilmington extended its curfew for the affected area in a tweet:

“In response to looting in the area, an extended curfew is now in place for the block between 13th, 14th, Greenfield and Martin Streets. This curfew went into effect at 5 pm and will remain in effect until 6 am. The citywide curfew will run from 10 pm until 6 am.”

The National Hurricane Center said on Saturday afternoon that “catastrophic flooding” of Tropical Storm Florence is expected in certain parts of the Carolinas as Florence remained stationary over the region. At least 11 deaths have been linked to Flo so far.

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