Aussie Town Issues Ominous Warning To Looters After Bushfire Ravaged Area
There have been grave consequences for some Australian communities as a result of the ongoing bushfire crisis. People have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and in some cases even their loved ones.
So it absolutely beggars belief that someone could choose to exploit that situation by robbing properties left vacant after fires forced their owners to evacuate.
But one town in New South Wales is making sure that would-be looters know that they will be targeted if they try to steal from people.
A sign was placed on the highway at Conjola Park saying: "U loot we shoot." That is one hell of a message being sent - and probably one to be taken seriously.
Conjola Park was hit hard when a bushfire swept through the region on New Year's Day, with more than 50 properties being lost.
According to News Corp, while police are disgusted with reports of looting around bushfire-hit regions, they have also issued a warning for people not to become vigilantes.
NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said: "People in these areas have already lost members of their communities, seen property destroyed and suffered emotional turmoil from the recent fire activity.
"They do not need the added stress of looters stealing what little they might have left.
"With thousands of lives and homes at risk today, I can't comprehend the type of person who'd think it's OK to try and profit or benefit at other people's expense."
He has advised anyone in the area who has witnessed or knows about potential looting to contact police immediately.
Just an hour up the road near Nowra, police have revealed that three people have been charged for separate looting incidents. The charges include trespassing, housebreaking and drink driving.
A 17-year-old was arrested in the Bangalee area on Sunday and is accused of carrying a screwdriver and bandanna. He's been charged with possession of housebreaking implements.
A 30-year-old man was allegedly found with a knife, a crowbar, torches, plyers, military badges, and a debit card in North Nowra. He's been charged with possession of housebreaking implements, goods in custody, possessing a knife in a public place, and other outstanding warrants.
Police have also caught a 33-year-old at Moruya driving around suspiciously. After allegedly returning a positive alcohol breath test of five times over the limit, authorities also charged him with entering upon enclosed land without lawful excuse.
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