Looters targeting Lismore flood victims
Monday 2.29pm: 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 him.
The man will appear in Lismore Local Court in May.
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.
People are reminded they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Sunday 11.32am: LOOTERS barely waited for the floodwaters to drop before they started stealing from people and business devastated by the Lismore floods.
Vigilance by police in Lismore's CBD on Sunday morning has thwarted looters looking to take advantage of people still coming to terms with the loss of their homes and businesses.
As though their lives being wrecked by floodwater damage was not enough, now people have to be alert to thieves seeking to prey on their vulnerability.
In Magellan St, police issued a court appearance notice to a man they will allege was caught stealing from a number of flood-affected retailers.
Senior Constable Mark Anemaat was supervising one alleged looter and said he was disgusted by the behaviour of these opportunist thieves.
He said they were the lowest of the low.
Meanwhile, the alleged looter was whining the items he allegedly stolen "were not real leather".
The alleged looters will appear in court later this month.
Anyone witnessing looting should call police on Triple Zero.