Woman Charged with Looting in Lafayette During Hurricane
The idea that someone would choose to steal from a local business that was damaged by Hurricane Delta simply turns my stomach. There aren't many non-violent crimes that reach this level of despicable in my book, but looting certainly does.
According to a report on KLFY TV 10's website, Lafayette Police arrested a 25-year-old woman on charges that she entered the damaged Walgreen's Drug Store on Johnston Street in the hours after midnight on Saturday morning. Police say that Meah Morgan Effie Basco confessed to entering the business through the front doors of the store that were broken by the hurricane's damaging winds.
Lafayette Police say that Basco entered the Wallgreen's and took "nonessential items" but left a note and money on the counter before leaving the store.
Basco returned to the store several hours later to confess her actions and return the items she took. She has been charged with one count of looting. Lafayette Police say they are reviewing security footage from the store to see if Basco acted alone or if others attempted to steal from the business during the immediate aftermath of the storm.