LANCASTER (CBSDFW.COM) – Lancaster police have arrested at least 14 suspected looters in the last week while patrolling neighborhoods ravaged by tornadoes.
Police Chief Larry Flatt made an arrest Monday after he said he spotted five men rummaging through debris in an alley. Platt said the men had a trailer filled with garage doors, tire rims, lumber and a gas grill.
“Anything they can get money for,” he said.
Police say they also found some marijuana in the men’s truck and warrants for their arrest out of Dallas.
All five were booked into the DeSoto jail, a department spokesperson said.
Robert Busby said he was watching his friend’s home when he saw the men making their way down the street.
“Guy wanted to get some scrap metal and I said, ‘No, the homeowner was not here’,” said Busby. “I think it’s pretty arrogant of someone to come and take somebody’s property without permission.”
“It kind of shocked me,” said Donte Walker, who watched the men being arrested behind his home. “When somebody come and pick up stuff in the alley, kind of make you upset , especially when there’s damage everywhere ,” he said.
Lancaster police say they are continuously circling the neighborhoods and questioning anyone who doesn’t appear to live in the area.
Anyone caught looting, the department says, can be charged with theft.