MIDLAND BEACH — While residents are wading through waist-high water to recover what is left of their houses and belongings, they are faced with a new worry — the heartless looting of their devastated homes.
"They took everything," said Margaret Kehoe, 22, who evacuated Monday night and noticed that home had been wiped out. "My TVs, my safety deposit box.
"It's sickening," Kehoe, who has a 2-year-old child and is nine months pregnant. "You see people have nothing, and this is what you do?"
Across the whole borough, there have been nearly 13 arrests for people in connection for looting as of Thursday, according to the Richmond County District Attorneys Office.
“People are looting the neighborhood, taking whatever they can,” said Diana Timofeyeva, 25, who chose staying in her frigid house rather than leave her remaining belongings behind. “It’s better to sleep in the cold than wake up and have nothing left.”
One local, who asked that her name not be used, said the looting started almost immediately after the storm passed.
“We were afraid to leave our belongings as early as Tuesday morning,” she said.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
City Unable To Protect Staten Island From Looting
The horror stories post-Sandy continue - this time, the looting of people's homes in Staten Island: