It’s always shocking to hear that there are some people in this country who are wicked enough to loot the homes and businesses of those suffering from a natural disaster emergency. Trying to profit from the misfortune of others is particularly vile considering the troubles these families face. As victims go through Hurricane Harvey, however, some people aren’t taking it anymore.
Houston’s police chief stated: “We’ve already arrested a handful of looters. We’ve made it real clear to our community we’re going to do whatever it takes to protect their homes and their businesses.” Acevedo continued, “And when people come from the outside to Houston, Texas, know we’re going to be out in the city, were not going to rest as a police department or law enforcement community until people restore their lives.” With some looters having already been shot and killed by homeowners protecting their households, these people are realizing that Texas isn’t the kind of place to be messed with.
The Houston police department has been working hard the past few days, conducting at least 2,000 rescue missions over the weekend alone. Many heart-wrenching tales have emerged regarding the impact that Hurricane Harvey has had on officers. “I’ve had officers tear up with the things they’ve seen with these children in the middle of the night,” the police chief said.
While leading rescue efforts, the police department has begun hunting down and dealing with looters who are trying to take advantage of the vulnerable city.
In addition, homeowners are standing up against these thieves as well. Just yesterday, a burglar paid the price for trying to loot a home that was still occupied by its owner – the homeowner protected his property.
Although the burglar miraculously survived a gunshot wound to the head, others weren’t so lucky. According to Independent Journal Review, another intruder broke into a home in the middle of the night that was still occupied by its owner and was shot dead.
In a state with over 22,000,000 firearms, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that these looters met with such a fate. With this news now out there, perhaps other looters will think twice before making the same mistake.
District Attorney Brett Ligon announced that his office would be issuing mandatory jail time for every looter that is caught, stating that “leniency and probation will be off the table for these offenses committed during this time.”
According to officials, state law allows for “enhanced punishment ranges for certain crimes committed during a declared natural disaster event,” which makes sense. Law and order need to be maintained, and these looters who wish to exploit the misfortune of others for their own personal gain need to be made an example of, and in a very public manner.
“We stand behind all our law-enforcement agencies and will support their decisions to shut down and immediately arrest suspected criminals during this difficult time for our community,” Ligon added.
With prosecutorial and law enforcement elements on the same page in terms of punishment, looters have much to be worried about. Unfortunately for them, Houston won’t be the next New Orleans–especially with President Trump lending his support from the highest office in the land.
These crooked individuals made the wrong move in coming to Texas – and they will be paying for it one way or another.