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4 people arrested for looting during power outages, raising concerns about crime in Houston

4 people arrested for looting during power outages, raising concerns about crime in Houston

HOUSTON – With more than a million CenterPoint Energy customers still without power, crime in Houston remains a growing concern.

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Houston police said they arrested four people for “taking advantage” of the power outages and burglarizing businesses that were without electricity. They are all charged with burglary.

At a recent press conference, Houston Mayor John Whitmire and interim Houston Police Chief Larry Satterwhite issued a warning to criminals:

“If you are a criminal, let me send you a message on behalf of everyone who can hear me: Don’t think about it,” Whitmire said. “We are on the ground. We are in plainclothes. We are patrolling neighborhoods and businesses, and we will hold you accountable.”

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“The entire police department is working,” Satterwhite added. “Basically, half are working day shifts and half are working night shifts, and that will continue until we feel the power is restored and it’s safe and appropriate.”

Acting Chief Satterwhite also urges anyone who sees something to report it. You can call your local non-emergency number or 911 if you think it’s a serious enough crime.

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