Hurricane Sandy is bringing out the worst in people as smashing and grabbing looting has plagued many neighborhoods that have been ravaged by the superstorm.
Not only that, but many people are also posing as ConEd workers, duping storm victims as police have arrested more than a dozen looters in the Rockaways and Coney Island.
Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach said-
“This morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets]…Guys were looting, pretending they were ConEd and holding people up. It was sick.”
According to the NY Post:
Residents said police warned them to beware of crooks pretending to be utility workers. Cops fanned out yesterday to deal with looters around the city. “We will not tolerate these scumbags looting. We will arrest them on sight,” said a police source.
The storm knocked out the plate-glass windows of several Seaport stores, and piggish punks took full advantage of the unguarded merchandise.
“I saw two people walking by the Ann Taylor store and reach in and take some shirts that were just laying right there by the mannequin,” said one man. “It’s really messed up, man. They’re really taking advantage.”
Two men and a woman were arrested for robbing a BP gas station on Beach Channel Drive, three men and one woman were cuffed for pillaging a Radio Shack on Beach 88th Street, and two people were arrested for raiding a clothing store near Beach 86th Street, cops said.
Stores were emptied along a two-block stretch of Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island. Seven people were busted.
Instead of helping, people use this tragic time to loot and rob, it’s sad.