As many businesses and homes were left abandoned in the wake of the massive flooding in Houston after Hurricane Harvey, looting is something law enforcement has had to deal with, along with conducting rescue operations. One Texas sheriff is making sure he lets potential looters know the dangers of committing crimes in his jurisdiction.
Speaking with Fox News, Sheriff Troy Nehls said he and the residents of Fort Bend County support the right to keep and bear arms and exercise that right:
“We've heard of looting around the greater Houston area, specifically Harris County. As far as Fort Bend County, we haven't. I made the comment the other day, we support the 2nd Amendment here in Fort Bend County and there are many of us that are armed.”
“You may want to stay out of Fort Bend County — because you could leave this county in a bag,” he warned.
The Houston Chronicle reported that through Wednesday, over 40 people have been arrested for looting. In order to help determine who the criminals are, the city of Houston has instituted a curfew.
“It was effective,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told the Chronicle. “It's going to remain in effect until we kind of get past the situations we're in.”