Hurricane Isaac looting victims come forward

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:15am

 New Orleans Police are investigating several cases of looting that occurred during Hurricane Isaac.

Jerome Nearly is pounding the pavement and getting the word about a cash reward.

While Hurricane Isaac was taking a toll on New Orleans, police say looters were taking whatever they could get their hands on in Holygrove.

They took property from several homes.

"My amplifier, my CD player, my two speakers and mixer board," theft victim Jerome Nealy said.

And they virtually cleaned out the corner store.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter asked, "What did they take? They took liquor, and beer, and whatever they could get," neighbor Caldon Bruno replied.

"That was the only local store in the community," Nealy said.

"I don't like it because I have to go to some other store to get what I need," Bruno said.

Neighbors say the looting happened Tuesday night during the power outage.

Someone apparently made multiple trips to steal from the store; and Nealy's station wagon.

"This is someone who really wanted some DJ music because they bypassed all my pressure washer equipment, my painting equipment to take the DJ equipment," Nealy said.

Trotter asked, "How did they get in? Oh I don't know how they got in. I think they might have cut the locks, I seen the locks down there, cut," Bruno replied.

And that's not all.

New Orleans Police arrested a man suspected of breaking into the Shell Gas station located on Carrollton.

He was caught inside during the power outage.

"Every case that was reported to us is under investigation. We continue to Investigate all these cases," said New Orleans Police Commander Paul Noel.

Meantime, the neighborhood store is out of business; and a popular night club d-j is out of business too.

"The problem is I have no more equipment," Nealy explained.

The store break-in was equally crippling to Caldon Bruno, because he was working part-time here to make ends meet.

"I need them to open back up," Bruno explained. "Really is ashamed because that wasn't even called for."

New Orleans Police detectives want to hear from anyone who has information about these, or any other cases of looting that happened during the storm.


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