Corona lock-down sparks looting spree in US cities
With economic hardship looming, looting of businesses were reported in California and South Carolina. It has been spreading across the US, with stores in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Chicago preparing for civil unrest.
Published: April 6, 2020, 11:19 am
Thousands of stores in New York have boarded up their doors and windows to avoid possible looting pic.twitter.com/Bc0UvZGuoO
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The Wall Street Journal reported an increase in burglaries of stores across all five boroughs from March 12-31, coinciding with mass shutdowns. The newspaper cited The New York City Police Department (NYPD) noting a 75 percent increase in burglaries.
New York now the epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak.
“The increase in burglaries coincided with steps to stop the spread of the Coronavirus,” according to the WSJ. Looters were not only stealing food, but alcohol and retail goods. The US National Guard has since been deployed in many metropolitan areas.
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