15 busted for looting in Far Rockaway: Officials
At least 15 Queens residents have been busted for allegedly looting Far Rockaway businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, including a Radio Shack, liquor store and gas stations, officials said Wednesday.
Four people were arrested for robbing a Rockaway Beach Boulevard Radio Shack on Tuesday morning, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Four others were allegedly caught breaking into gas stations.
Donald Spellman, 22, and Luis Bonilla, 20, were charged with burglarizing Rock Jetty Wine and Spirits at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Spellman is also accused of assaulting the officer who was arresting him.
Dwight Jones, 23, and Terrance Smalls, 22, were caught breaking into a clothing store at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Brown said. Michael Pike, 21, was accused of stealing a pair of boots from a clothing store at 1 p.m.
Jimmy Gumbs, 42, and DaShawn Peay, 16, were charged with allegedly breaking into a food market just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Brown said.
In an unrelated news conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the alleged looting incidents "disgraceful."
In a statement, Brown said city officials "have zero tolerance for looters who would exploit a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy for their own personal gain.” He said the alleged criminals would be arraigned Wednesday evening, and that they faced between 6 months and 7 years in jail if convicted.
The names of the accused looters' lawyers was not available on Wednesday.