WECT reporter Chelsea Donovan arrived to find dozens of people carrying items back to the public housing community Houston Moore.
Police announced they were told by store management to “stand down.”
I’m wondering what their insurance company will think about the Dollar Store saying “take what you want?”
Since when can a company tell the police to ‘stand down’?
Looters at the @myfamilydollar store at Greenfield and 13th st in Wilmington. Management of Family Dollar told the police to stand down and not intervene! #HurricanceFlorence #TropicalStormFlorence #WilmingtonNC @OfficialLivePD @LivePDNation pic.twitter.com/RZp0UwbIsI
— Brian (@brian28449) September 15, 2018
Dozens of people were seen on camera looting a Family Dollar store in Wilmington, North Carolina, Saturday afternoon. Police announced they were told by store management to “stand down”. Wilmington is one of many towns being pummeled by Hurricane, now Tropical Storm Florence in North and South Carolina this weekend.
— WECT News (@wectnews) September 15, 2018
Video broadcast live by WECT-TV shows brave reporter Chelsea Donovan confronting looters as they first leave the front of the store, and then the rear, with trash bags filled with stolen merchandise. While the store is across from a public housing project, and looters could be seen heading that way, other looters were piling stolen merchandise in cars parked near the store.
Wilmington Police posted to Twitter, “NEWS ALERT – We are aware of the looting occurring at the Family Dollar Store at 13th & Greenfield Sts, unfortunately management has asked not to intervene at this time.”
NEWS ALERT – We are aware of the looting occurring at the Family Dollar Store at 13th & Greenfield Sts, unfortunately management has asked not to intervene at this time.
— Wilmington Police (@WilmingtonPD) September 15, 2018
Fox News’ Rick Levanthal also posted a video from the scene.
— RickLeventhalFoxNews (@RickLeventhal) September 15, 2018
— WFMY News 2 (@WFMY) September 15, 2018
The statement from Family Dollar is extremely disturbing!! I don’t understand why they would not want these people arrested for breaking the law.
— Karen Schwartz (@agentkaren) September 15, 2018
, the looters should be arrested… whether or not the store owners want it!
— Ah Bailey (@AhmazingBailey) September 15, 2018
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THEM NOT TO ARREST BUT TELL POLICE TO LET THEM GO!! THANKS FAMILY DOLLAR!! SEND THEM ON THEIR WAY TO LOOT MORE STORES! SHAME!!!
— den tuck (@TuckDen) September 15, 2018
YouTube version if WECT video embed won’t play:
I guess it’s more important these days to not be called a racist than it is to preserve and protect your store’s inventory.
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