Greenville residents fear looting as evacuations begin

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As Riverwalk residents evacuate their apartments in Greenville, looting fears are on the rise.

“I don’t want anybody snooping around our stuff,” said Joseph Ryan, who lives in the apartment complex.

Ryan was told to leave his home, but he’s reluctant after seeing people walking around his neighborhood.

“Me and my roommate were sitting on the porch, and we saw a few people walking underneath houses that didn’t live here,” Ryan said. “They were just snooping around in people’s stuff.”

Greenville police have already made two arrests, reinforcing the concern for Riverwalk resident Anthony Donovan.

“Just a little concerned with just random people coming through, and trying to get into our house, you know what I mean?” Donovan said.

Donovan said the potential for looting is one of the reasons he doesn’t want to leave.

“It’s kind of easy for people to come around and just take stuff when nobody’s here, so we decided to stay,” said Donovan.

But officers said residents need to protect their safety first.

They are monitoring neighborhoods and have doubled the people patrolling on the ground.

Seeing officers reassures some who are only taking necessities as they evacuate.

“I’m going to get anything important that I can out,” said Aaron Burke, Riverwalk resident. “Necessary things and water. But other than that we’re keeping everything in the house.”

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