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Posted: 9/23/2005 5:06:28 PM EDT
Looks like Houston caught some looters BEFORE the storm, no word "yet" on their ethnicity

Houston Adds Patrols to Prevent Looting
ALICIA A. CALDWELL
Associated Press Writer
September 23, 2005
sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/09/23/national/a105757D65.DTL
When Houston-area residents heeded warnings to flee Hurricane Rita, they left behind nearly abandoned neighborhoods and stores — and a potential playground for thieves.

By Friday morning at least three people had been arrested on charges of looting. Houston school district police arrested three juveniles Thursday night who were accused of going room to room at a middle school looking for electronics.

"They did this because they thought no one would be paying attention," district spokesman Terry Abbott said. "We are amazed it was happening even before the storm."

Houston Police Capt. Dwayne Ready said city police had not received reports of looting but were making extra patrols in areas around pawn shops, gun shops and stores such as Wal-Mart that might "be attractive to the criminal element."

Ready said the department would pay greater-than-usual attention to pawn shops and gun shops after looters in New Orleans raided such stores, leaving roving bands of gunmen on the streets after Hurricane Katrina.

Ready said officers had responded to several burglary calls since the mass evacuations in the state's largest city started earlier this week, but said they were routine calls and didn't rise to the level of looting.

"I think the key element in looting is the fact that those who would not otherwise engage themselves in criminal activity (join in) and believe they will be able to hide in the crowd," Ready said. "It's the difference between an unlawful assembly and a riot. Essentially (looting) is theft but I think its when the crowd believes they can hide against the anonymity of a large crowd engaged in the same kind of conduct."

And with the department at full alert Friday morning, Ready said officers would be very visible as long as weather conditions allow.

"We have put out the message that we are not going to tolerate looting and we have increased out presence and visibility," Ready said.

Abbott said his officers were also planning to be very visible throughout the day.

To the south of the city, in South Houston and nearby Bellaire, police officials said they also had not received any reports of looting.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 5:12:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 22bad:
Looks like Houston caught some looters BEFORE the storm, no word "yet" on their ethnicity...




What point are you trying to make here Sparky?
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 5:13:37 PM EDT
As we were getting out of old Pearland yesterday, I was thinking to myself just how easy it'd be for the BG's to hang around and cherry pick wherever they wanted to.

These guys need punishment worse than prison.....

HH
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 5:13:41 PM EDT
Ethnicity doesn't matter. Looters should be shot, just like they were in the good old days. If things were the way they're supposed to be, the little bastards would stay home where they belong.

Scott

Link Posted: 9/23/2005 5:17:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/23/2005 5:17:37 PM EDT by 22bad]

Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno:

Originally Posted By 22bad:
Looks like Houston caught some looters BEFORE the storm, no word "yet" on their ethnicity...



What point are you trying to make here Sparky?



There was much "to do" about the racial makeup of the NO looters, no word yet about the Houston looters
I have no idea what the answer will be, but I thought it strange that there was no mention in the article
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 5:18:44 PM EDT

"They did this because they thought no one would be paying attention," district spokesman Terry Abbott said. "We are amazed it was happening even before the storm."




This is exactly what I saw last year.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 8:05:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By captainpooby:

"They did this because they thought no one would be paying attention," district spokesman Terry Abbott said. "We are amazed it was happening even before the storm."


This is exactly what I saw last year.



A friend of mine said hispanics are walking around his evacuated neighborhood..............and his family's neighborhood too
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