In addition to all the stress that low ‘Bernd’ caused the affected citizens through rainfalls and storms, there is now even more trouble threatened by looters. The first attempts at looting were made in Stolberg near Aachen.
In Stolberg near Aachen, criminals are already taking advantage of the flood situation: There were individual attempts to loot shops, said a police spokesman on Thursday. Accordingly, in three cases, witnesses reported that people were in flooded shops. Police arrested a suspect at a jewelry store.
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Looting in the supermarket and drugstore in Stolberg near Aachen
When the officers arrived at the other crime scenes – a supermarket and a drugstore – several strangers fled. It was initially unclear whether something was stolen. A hundred of the police are now in Stolberg to protect the abandoned houses and shops from looting.
The police in Koblenz also felt compelled, because of the threat of looting in their area of responsibility, to use Twitter to indicate that they should dial the emergency number 110 if they were suspected of looting.