Published On: Sun, Sep 16th, 2018

Looting reported at Family Dollar in Wilmington as the North Carolina city is cut off by floodwaters

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At least five people are arrested and dozens more are caught on video ‘looting a Family Dollar’ in Wilmington as the city on North Carolina’s coast becomes a virtual island cut off by floodwaters

  • Police issued a warning about the activity on Saturday afternoon
  • The store’s management reported the looting but asked police to stand down
  • Footage from a local news station shows dozens of people carrying whatever they could get their hands on out of the store
  • Police say multiple people could be identified in the video
  • They also asked the community to held in identifying the looters 

Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com

Looters reportedly broke into a Family Dollar store in Wilmington as the city on North Carolina’s coast has become a virtual island cut off by floodwaters following Hurricane Florence. 

Police have arrested at least five people in connection with looting at the store on Greenfield Street on Saturday.

They first issued a warning about the activity that afternoon after the store’s management reported it, but asked police to stand down.  

Footage from local news station WECT shows dozens of people carrying any items they could get their hands on out of the store and back to a public housing community called Houston Moore.  

While there were no members of law enforcement on the scene due to management’s request, police enacted a curfew for the area from 5pm Saturday to 6am Sunday. 

They also said many of the alleged looters could be identified in WECT’s video. They encouraged locals to report anyone they recognized in the footage. 

Police have arrested at least five people in connection with looting at a Family Dollar in Wilmington. Dozens of alleged looters were caught on camera by local TV station WECT

Items were torn off the shelves and scattered on the floor of the store on Greenfield Street

Items were torn off the shelves and scattered on the floor of the store on Greenfield Street

Items were torn off the shelves and scattered on the floor of the store on Greenfield Street

WECT reporter Chelsea Donovan, who went to the scene with another employee to film the looting, said: ‘When we came over the hill on Greenfield Street, you could just see people everywhere.’

Their footage shows many of the alleged looters – some of whom were wearing masks – as they exited through the front and back entrances of the Family Dollar with various items in hand.

WECT reporter Chelsea Donovan is pictured trying to talk to people who were exiting the store through the back entrance with their arms full of various items

WECT reporter Chelsea Donovan is pictured trying to talk to people who were exiting the store through the back entrance with their arms full of various items

WECT reporter Chelsea Donovan is pictured trying to talk to people who were exiting the store through the back entrance with their arms full of various items

Donovan and her colleague tried to confront several of the alleged looters

Donovan and her colleague tried to confront several of the alleged looters

A woman leaves the Family Dollar through the back entrance with an armful of grocery items

A woman leaves the Family Dollar through the back entrance with an armful of grocery items

Donovan and her colleague tried to confront several of the alleged looters before heading back to their vehicle because they felt the scene had gotten out of hand

Both journalists retreated to their vehicle soon after as they felt the situation had gotten out of hand.

‘I was concerned the whole time. I won’t lie, but I was there to get the story,’ Donovan said.  

It is unclear why Family Dollar management asked police not to intervene at the store, but the Wilmington Police Department has indicated offenders will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. 

‘We’re going to do everything we can to protect your property. This is not a response to the video. This has been our message [since] before the storm arrived,’ the department said.

A man with a trash bag filled with stolen items pulled his shirt over his face to avoid the camera

A man with a trash bag filled with stolen items pulled his shirt over his face to avoid the camera

A man with a trash bag filled with stolen items pulled his shirt over his face to avoid the camera

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