Looters, beware: Houston-area law enforcement cracking down during a disaster

A law enforcement crackdown on looters, burglars and robbers netted 15 arrests across the storm-ravaged Houston area.

They could face 20 years in prison, since sentences for looters and other thieves can be doubled because of Texas law governing law enforcement during disasters, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Tuesday.

“People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,” Ogg said. “Anyone who tries to take advantage of this storm to break into homes or businesses should know that they are going to feel the full weight of the law.”

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