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Police Commish Warns of Potential Looting

Credit: Joseph Kellard
Credit: Joseph Kellard
While the City of Long Beach and other officials are enforcing a curfew to help curb crime in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Police Commissioner Michael Tangney says there is always a potential for looters.

"But there is a low level risk," he added.

An East Chester Street resident who declined to be identified said he fears looters and can't afford to leave his stuff alone.

National Guard, Nassau County Police and Long Beach Police are working in unison to help safeguard residents and their personal property.

State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said National Guard and State Troopers caught a couple in a van who allegedly looted Long Beach homes as they were about to cross the Atlantic Beach Bridge.

Frank lives on Ohio Street and said emergency personnel asked him for identification before entering his home.

"We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to curfew," Tangney added. The curfew runs begins at 7 p.m.

Additionally, three people were arrested for violating the curfew, two were arrested for burglaries and one for DWI.

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Editor Joseph Kellard and reporter Joley Welkowitz are reporting live from the scene.
The real bear October 31, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I saw tons of people walking to the boardwalk. How about some police tape? Something to deter someone.
Brendan October 31, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Anyone caught looting should be forced to face the public during the Grand Re-opening of the city in the months to come. They should have to look their fellow residents in the eye and the crowd should be allowed to do what they want with them. We'll consider it a gift from the City, a little revenge for their actions while we were down. I know that won't happen, but really, it does speak to what a horrific lowlife someone has to be. At the very least, their mugshots should be published. They'd probably beg to be kept behind bars if that happened.
Misty October 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM
This would just be the icing on the cake. That's unbelievable that someone could even think of that. Maybe they could steal all my furniture so I don't have to carry it out of the house myself. Lowlife scum!
Theresa Buonomo November 01, 2012 at 08:09 PM
It never ceases to amaze me how low people will stoop in times of crisis. It brings to mind when the plane crashed near Rockaway Blvd. and they found people looting dead bodies for jewelry and cash. If there is a hell..will they burn forever there?

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