Sheriff, city police on watch for looting

Staff Report

LUMBERTON — The chief of the Lumberton Police Department said he has heard reports of some looting and break-ins he believes is a result of Hurricane Matthew and he and the county sheriff said their officers would be on the lookout for violators and would be aggressive in stopping it.

Police Chief Mike McNeill did not have a lot of details, but said he had heard that an ABC store and a jewelry store were burglarized, and The Robesonian was told that some folks have gone to used-car lots to siphon gasoline. McNeill said the incidents he was aware of occurred Sunday night, and he was not aware of further problems today.

Sheriff Ken Sealey said his office had not had reports of looting, but said he was “sure that was happening.”

Lumberton will have a curfew in effect again tonight, from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Mayor Bruce Davis said he expects the curfew will remain in place until power is full restored.

Anyone who sees people looting should call Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845, Sheriff’s Office at 910-671-3100 or your local police department.

Sealey said he spoke with Attorney General Roy Cooper, and was told to report to his office any price-gouging. That can be done by calling 919-7116-6400.

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