Police arrested more than a dozen looters in the Rockaways and Coney Island, which had been evacuated, and stood guard outside ravaged stores at the South Street Seaport.
“This morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets],” said Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach. “Guys were looting, pretending they were Con Ed and holding people up. It was sick.”
Residents said police warned them to beware of crooks pretending to be utility workers.
Cops fanned out yesterday to deal with looters around the city.
“We will not tolerate these scumbags looting. We will arrest them on sight,” said a police source.
You’re going to need more of a presence of authority – or more armed citizens to help out. Which, of course, won’t happen in Bloomberg’s New York.
What is it about disasters that brings out the best – and worst – in people?