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Widespread looting reported in Atlantic City

Press Of Atlantic City [1]
Nov 2, 2012


Police have arrested nine people since Monday for breaking into homes and businesses throughout the city.

“They’re taking advantage of the city shutting down, going from house to house to house,” Jones said. “So we all said next time (there’s a storm), we’re staying.”

Burglars find ample opportunities with so many houses left empty during evacuations of storm-ravaged barrier islands statewide. The problem has become so rampant in just a few days that the State Police announced Thursday they would provide backup to bolster security in general and help crackdown efforts already under way by local officers to prevent looting.

Despite a strict 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in Atlantic City since Tuesday, the resort has suffered what city police, residents, business owners and elected officials describe as widespread looting.

“We’ve had a lot of looting all over,” Sixth Ward Councilman Tim Mancuso said.

Full article here [2]