Chaos reigns in Brooklyn, N.Y. as major storm Sandy’s savage assault on the area left some of the residents free to loot Coney Island.
On Tuesday morning, the Mega Aid Pharmacy found the store’s interior destroyed and more than 10,000 pharmaceutical items stolen by looters. Most of the stolen goods were prescription medicines.
Other shops on Mermaid Avenue also suffered; one worker at Mega Aid said, “The water went away and these people started walking down the streets and just robbed stores.”
The pharmacy’s manager, Stan Gutkin, was disconsolate: “I don’t even know what it’s going to take until we’re operational. This breaks the business. I don’t even know where to start.” Reports said that looters stole from banks, pharmacies, and other shops.
Even the police acknowledged how bad the situation was. One officer said, “It’s getting dark, and it’s real dangerous out here — that’s why there’s a cop on every block.”
At the Ocean Towers housing project, two women got in a fistfight while other residents threw objects at the police who tried to stop the fight. One resident said, “People are turning on each other — they’re attacking each other. Even when there’s no disaster, this building is disastrous. But after the hurricane, it just got crazy.”