The disaster has brought out the worst in some people, with reports from areas of New York indicating that some have started impersonating utility workers and emergency personnel to get a foot in the door:
Some posed as Con Ed workers to dupe their victims…
â€śThis morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets],â€ť said Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklynâ€™s Gerritsen Beach.
â€śGuys were looting, pretending they were Con Ed and holding people up. It was sick.â€ť
Residents said police warned them to beware of crooks pretending to be utility workers.
Cops fanned out yesterday to deal with looters around the city.
â€śWe will not tolerate these scumbags looting. We will arrest them on sight,â€ť said a police source.
The storm knocked out the plate-glass windows of several Seaport stores, and piggish punks took full advantage of the unguarded merchandise.
â€śAlmost everything is gone,â€ť said store owner Mirza Baig. â€śWe want to reopen but we donâ€™t know how.â€ť
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While some are taking advantage of the temporary breakdown in law and order, it will be short-lived.
Unlike Hurricane Katrina,which left the city of New Orleans paralyzed with no power, food or water for weeks, east coast services like law enforcement are being quickly restored. Police and National Guard troops are being deployed across the region to help protect businesses and areas prone to criminal activity.