By: Kyle James | 09-14-2018 | News
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Hurricane Florence - Police Prepare For Looters, Warn Criminals "Will Go To Jail"

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Officials in New Hanover County, Chester, and York counties are preparing for the looters now that Hurricane Florence has made landfall. New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David told reporters that he and Chief District Court Judge J.A. Corpening were holding court at the county jail Wednesday in attempt to make room for criminals who will be out looting during the hurricane. "There is a vacancy sign on our jail," David warned even as winds began picking up speed.

David, Judge Corpening, and Sheriff Ed McMahon were touring Wilmington's first established hurricane shelter at Trask Middle school. "We have room for people who are going to show the worst about humanity after something like this," David added. The people who David refers too are the career criminals who seek out opportunities to loot homes, businesses and take advantage of storm victims in any way they can. The shelter at Trask Middle school has already reached capacity at 240 but Johnston and Eaton's school have been opened as well.

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New Hanover County spokeswoman Ruth Smith said people at the shelters were anxious. "Everybody’s anxious … I think people are pleased to have a roof over their head, and God-willing it stays that way," Smith said. Sheriff McMahon stressed that law enforcement would be handling post-hurricane looting. "We'll definitely be out in between the storm and after the storm, in the neighborhoods, in subdivisions, watching for anybody who wants to do crime," Sheriff McMahon said.

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District Attorney Ben David said that goodness prevails in communities like Wilmington. "We know the world is watching. The storm brings out the very best and worst in communities. We have been no stranger to hurricanes in this area, and I know the best is going to emerge," he said. David described how he had already seen neighbors helping each other evacuate and born up homes.

A graphic from the Weather Channel offered some insight into Hurricane Florence's capabilities with a disturbingly realistic graphics presentation that appeared to put the reporter inside the flooding. Future reporting could soon be done in similar methods where virtual reality is used to let a reporter see what is happening around them at the scene without actually being there.

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Meanwhile, in York and Chester counties, top law enforcement officials are issuing stern warnings to anyone considering breaking the law during the coming emergency days. An official said in no uncertain terms that looters will "go to jail." Any attempt to steal from evacuated homes or closed businesses will be investigated and prosecuted, according to South Carolina's prosecutors.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said, "The York County Sheriff’s Office and all of the local police departments will be extremely vigilant to detect those who will attempt to criminally capitalize on the effects of this storm." He added, "Criminals should know that during weather events such as this, law enforcement is out in full force."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I was just briefed on Hurricane Florence. FEMA, First Responders and Law Enforcement are supplied and ready. We are with you! <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">September 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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President Trump tweeted an update that he had been briefed on the hurricane and said FEMA, law enforcement and first responders are ready to go. York County's Director of Communications told residents at a press conference that texting 911 is an option in the event of an emergency.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Director of communications in York County is reminding people that you can text 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency during <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HurricanceFlorence</a>. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WCNCFlorence</a> <a href="">@wcnc</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Billie Jean Shaw (@BillieJeanTV) <a href="">September 13, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Friday is expected to bring 10 inches of rain and tropical force winds that could reach as high as 40 mph over the weekend. The extreme weather is expected to cause widespread flooding and residents of York County have been warned to expect to go without power for an undetermined amount of time over the weekend.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Drone video shows flooding just before the sun went down in Carolina Beach Thursday. <br>We&#39;re following the latest on <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Florence</a>. –&gt; <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) <a href="">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said his officers will be shuttling emergency health officials to and from the county's hospital as well as clearing roads and assisting victims. Underwood added if people commit "awful and intolerable crimes of opportunity" during the emergency, there will be "zero tolerance". Sheriff Underwood added, "Criminals who break the law during this time, when law enforcement is doing all it can to help the public, will go to jail.

He also warned residents not to confront any suspected criminals but rather to report it to law enforcement. "Don’t try and handle it yourself," Underwood said. "Call the law." This advice might be hard to follow considering York County's Director of Communications told residents not to contact 911 unless it was an absolute emergency. The situation has already become dire for those in the coastal regions. One video uploaded on social media shows men abandoning a shrimp boat before it blew too far from shore.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HurricaneFlorence</a> Swansboro NC men jump off of shrimp boat in hurricane Florence <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Hurricane Florence Relief (@FlorenceRelief) <a href="">September 14, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Anonymous No. 37021 2018-09-14 : 07:09

we mean ni99ers don't we? the subhumans are the only ones to loot and root in the muck. Notice the nogs in the pick. Negress with a 500 hundred dollar weave ready to rob from whitey so as to finance her next hair extension. Animals

Anonymous No. 37035 2018-09-14 : 10:50

Note: top photo of black teens looting is from several years ago from a different incident.

Anonymous No. 37037 2018-09-14 : 10:57

37035 - it's from last year, from the last hurricane to hit Miami. As the current hurricane is only hitting right now, would be difficult to already get that footage right…

Marty Black No. 37038 2018-09-14 : 11:12

I live in York County, and our officers are on it! We have never had looting issues here. But if we do, asking us to let law enforcement handle is like asking the wind not to blow. U loot, we shoot. We will call ya after tho!

Daniel No. 37094 2018-09-14 : 23:52

A fine upstanding gentleman Dashaun Smith was the first arrested….but he said he dindu nuffin.

Andrew No. 37095 2018-09-14 : 23:58

It's not politically correct to refer to them as "looters". The correct nominclature is "inclement weather entrepreneurs"

Anonymous No. 37098 2018-09-15 : 01:20

>>> Andrew.

That's fucking hilarious. Thanks for that.

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