Several New York City storm homes were reportedly looted over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to Yahoo! News.
Authorities explained that at least three homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens were hit by thieves earlier this week. The neighborhood was among many areas destroyed when Superstorm Sandy moved across the Northeast several weeks ago.
According to the New York Post, 57-year-old Robert Bainbridge’s home was looted on Thanksgiving by a group of bandits who made off with over $400 in a pair of change jars. The man’s house now bears a sign which reads, “I am here and armed. Come on in!”
“I’ve been putting my best efforts forward into putting my home back together and staying strong,” Bainbridge explained. “This just adds insult to injury.”
He added, “It’s a total lack of morals and ethics on their part. Whoever did this is not thinking, ‘This could happen to me.’ ”
One couple explained that thieves had made off with a coin collection valued at $25,000 and a pair of watches. The couple said that both timepieces were of sentimental value and irreplaceable.
NBC New York explains that the looters struck the fire and flood-damaged areas on Wednesday and Thursday when most people were off celebrating the holiday. Several residents returned home to find several items missing from the premises.
Authorities said that there have been over 14 break-ins reported in the area between November 12 and November 18. There were no such incidents reported during this time last year.
Areas that were hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy were plagued with all sorts of crimes in the aftermath of the storm. Some places reported abnormally high numbers of break-ins, muggings, home invasions, and store looting soon after the storm clouds had lifted.
What do you think should happen to the opportunistic bandits who looted New York City homes on Thanksgiving?