Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas says some looting has followed the weekend’s flood, but in all he’s pleased with what he considers a low number of cases for a city of this size.
There have been 26 confirmed cases of looting so far. At least two people have been arrested. Serpas says the police department will continue working in 12-hour shifts for the next few days. That puts more officers than usual on duty at night.
“We can have the extra resources available so at nighttime we will be in many neighborhoods to make sure we have a visible presence to deter looting.”
In all, Serpas called Wednesday a “good day.” Search and rescue teams made up of police and fire officers checked more than 700 homes in flood-damaged neighborhoods. The teams covered about 80% of the area officials intend to assess for safety.