In Florida They Still Call Looters… Looters
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Buffalo is plunged into chaos with brazen looters destroying stores as death toll from devastating blizzard rises to at least 27: Gov. Hochul declares a state of emergency amid deadliest storm in 50 years
- Brazen looters have been filmed breaking into abandoned store fronts and stealing handfuls of items amid a historic blizzard in Buffalo, New York
- It is the deadliest storm to hit the western part of the state in at least 50 years, with at least 27 people reported dead
- Many others remain trapped in their homes or cars
- Gov Kathy Hochul has now declared a state of emergency, and is asking for federal aid
By Melissa Koenig For Dailymail.Com
Published: 15:40 EST, 26 December 2022 | Updated: 23:38 EST, 26 December 2022
It has become the deadliest storm to hit the western part of the state in 50 years, with at least 27 people reported dead as scores of others remain trapped in their houses and cars.
Roads in the city remain impassable under several feet of heavy snow, as first responders struggle to reach those who remain trapped days after the storm hit.
Shelters and nursing homes are now starting to run out of food, Erie County Executive Marc Poloncarz said at a news conference Monday morning, while fewer than 10,000 people remain without power ahead of a second storm that is expected to dump another foot and a half on the already struggling city.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has now declared a state of emergency, and is asking for federal aid as residents become increasingly desperate.
Videos posted online show brazen thieves taking advantage of the chaos, trudging over mounds of snow to get into abandoned storefronts — like a Dollar General where shelves were overturned and items were scattered across the ground.
Residents filmed some of the thieves as they entered the store and left with handfuls of items like paper towels and toilet paper, as one shameless woman even posted a Facebook Live of her and her friends grabbing items from the store.
Others were filmed hauling televisions out of stores, and security footage caught one man breaking the glass of a liquor store door, where he allegedly stole $500 worth of goods.
The storeowner told WKBW reporter Michael Schwartz that he had to stay in the store overnight because he was unable to board up the hole amid the storm.
He added that the thief has ‘cheap and bad taste.’
Photos shared online also showed a Fasttrac convenience store in disarray, with Andre Brown noting that the perpetrators were not stealing food or medicine.
‘So these people aren’t people in distress — these are people that are taking advantage of a natural disaster and the suffering of many in our community to take what they want from retailers.’
Meanwhile, there were also reports of price gouging during the storm.
At the press conference on Monday, Gov. Kathy Hochul reiterated that ‘price gouging is illegal’ and the state will be ‘going after them.’
‘We have the attorney general’s office and our state is prepared to investigate any complaints of price gouging,’ she said.