Many tri-state area residents experienced tremendous hardship after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the region. If the injury hadn't been damaging enough, now some residents are dealing with looters.
As if they hadn't suffered enough already, some residents in Breezy Point, a section of Queens, N.Y., returned home from Thanksgiving travels to find their homes had been looted. Reportedly, thieves stole tens of thousands of dollars worth of property, including cash, a $25,000 coin collection, jewelry, watches and even change jars.
Breezy Point is the neighborhood that suffered a horrific fire in Sandy's aftermath, as Digital Journal had reported.
According to the New York Post, at least three Breezy Point homeowners were robbed over the Thanksgiving holiday between Wednesday and Thursday.
One family, who had just gotten their power restored just before Thanksgiving, had gone away to visit family for the holiday. They came home to find their house had been broken into and found a silver half-dollar collection, worth $25,000, gone. Additionally, watches that had high sentimental value were stolen.
Reportedly, that family have been living in the community for 30 years and had never once been robbed.
“It’s usually such a safe community, but with what went on here, anyone could put on a Con Ed uniform and just walk around," the female resident, who declined to be identified, told the Post.
CBS News spoke to some residents of Breezy Point. Residents described the thefts as "despicable".
“I just think it’s awful,” Kelley told WCBS 880's Sophia Hall. “I think it’s absolutely terrible that at this time when we are most vulnerable they have to do things like this to us.”
At this time it is not known who is breaking into homes and stealing from residents. NBC News reported there were 14 home break-ins from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18; none had been reported the year before.
“I’ve been putting my best efforts forward into putting my home back together and staying strong," Robert Bainbridge, owner of one of those homes robbed, told the Post. "This just adds insult to injury."
Bainbridge now reportedly has a sign on his door, along with an image of a gun, that says, “I’m here and armed. Come on in."