Looters targeting flood victims

Monday, 03 April 2017 02:23:02 PM

The residents of Lismore have suffered loss of life, loss of property and emotional turmoil from the recent flood events across Northern NSW. Haven’t they suffered enough without individuals stealing what items they have left!

Police have arrested one man for theft and intimidation and moved on 16 other people from the Lismore CBD over the past 24 hours as a result of reports of looting in the township.

A 41-year-old man from Jiggi was issued with a Court Attendance Notice for allegedly stealing property and intimidating locals who confronted the man. This man will appear in Lismore Local Court on the 1 May 2017.

Richmond LAC Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Cameron Lindsay said, “It appears some people believe flood damaged property equals ‘you can help yourself’ to whatever you like. Residents are purely moving items outside to clean them off and return them inside businesses or homes and due to this activity are now becoming victims of theft.

Many of the 16 people who were reported as acting suspiciously in the CBD were eyeing off residents property which was not being discarded. Lismore residents should report those people who are acting suspiciously or are seen to steal items not belonging to them to police.

Police have increased mobile, foot and bicycle patrols in and around the Lismore CBD and police are urging all of those non residents or business owners to stay out of the CBD as there is a long way to go before the area is deemed safe,” he said.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.