Thieves Loot Homes and Businesses In Wake of Floods

By KBJR News 1

June 26, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM CDT

Carlton County, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Police are on the look out for thieves who are using this time of crisis to steal from people's homes and businesses.

LeAnn Wallace has more.

There have been several reports of looting in recent days throughout our region.

The most recent incident happened Monday night.

Police in Moose Lake arrested two men on public nuisance charges after they were reportedly seen going through residents' property.
Another man was cited for disorderly conduct.

Carlton County's Sheriff says in a lot of cases, the possessions these residents have left behind means a lot to them.

"It isn't just debris and garbage that people are putting out there, this is their belongings, this is their life belongings. It means a lot to them," said Sheriff Kelly Lake.

Sheriff's deputies and city police officers are being extra vigilant when it comes to keeping an eye on residents' property as the flood clean–up continues.

And it's not just Carlton County that's being affected by looters.
Duluth Police say since Thursday there have been at least five break–ins at the River Place Campground in Gary New Duluth.

Police are advising homeowners to go back and check on their homes now and then/

They're also asking people to call police right away if they see anything suspicious.