As Hurricane Florence was bearing down on the Carolinas yesterday, CNN was busy not urging stragglers to evacuate but blaming the approaching storm on Donald Trump “for failing to address climate change.”
Whether climate change (aka global warming) is a factor in the severity of hurricanes is open to debate. What is not is that these storms will bring out the basest instincts in some of our neighbors, who will take advantage of the evacuations to loot vacant homes and businesses.
According to WWAY, the Brunswick County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Department made four arrests last night:
Dashaun Smith, 25, and Brandon Bellamy, 30, are both charged with possession of burglary tools and break and or enter at Tommy’s Mini Mart in Leland. They are each being held under a $20,000 bond.
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Devin Harris, 21, and Justice Harris, 18, are both charged with break or enter a motor vehicle. They are being held under a $5,000 bond each.
Sheriff John Ingram had a message for other would-be burglars and looters:
… [W]e’re going o do everything within our power, to be very vigilant, working with our community, and if you seek to prey upon the citizens of Brunswick County, we’re going to do everything we can to lock you up. I made sure ahead of time, that we had adequate space for anybody that wanted to try that.