Police Arrest 14 for Looting During Deadly Louisiana Flooding

Louisiana Flooding
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Three separate Louisiana law enforcement departments apprehended at least 14 suspects on looting charges — theft that authorities said took place during the deadly flooding over the weekend.

Louisiana’s Baker Police Department arrested four individuals on looting charges. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said it also made four looting arrests.

The Baton Rouge Police Department arrested six suspects, ages ranging from 16 to 61.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office

Since Friday, some 40,000 homes in southeastern Louisiana have been consumed after days of devastating flooding. At least 11 people have died and as many as 10,000 have been displaced, according to the National Weather Service.

On Sunday, President Obama declared a state of emergency in Louisiana.

Authorities said they arrested 14 people suspected of breaking into stores in areas affected by the natural disaster.

The 14 suspects were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, while they wait to appear before a judge; their bonds have yet to be set.

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