The one thing about Texas is that the people are usually very friendly and helpful, but cross them and they will show you the horns.
All across Houston, looting is becoming a problem. The police are doing what they can…
“We’ve already arrested a handful of looters. We’ve made it real clear to our community we’re going to do whatever it takes to protect their homes and their businesses,” said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo Monday. “And when people come from the outside to Houston, Texas, know we’re going to be out in the city, we’re not going to rest as a police department or law enforcement community until people restore their lives.”
But this isn’t stopping residents from protecting their homesteads. Thanks to Texas laws, private citizens can protect their loved ones and property.
Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins shared a couple of signs he saw around the city.
One sign showed a human silhouette with a nice grouping on it saying, ‘Nothing inside worth dying for.’
Another said, ‘U loot. We will shoot. :)’
Finally a third said, ‘WARNING!! Looters will be shot dead. Love, trigger familiar vet!’
The message is clear from Texas: don’t victimize us while we are in a crisis. We still have plenty of fight in us!
Unfortunately some people are still being targeted by looters. Even the deceased are being targeted.
One elderly woman whom drowned in her home was robbed by looters.
According to ABC13: Michele Poche is a trained paramedic, and was quick to act when her home and others on Meyerwood Drive started taking on water.
“Rescue mode, yeah,” Poche said. “I knew my kids were safe. I wanted to take care of everyone else at that point.”
One of the first people that came to mind: her 90-year-old neighbor, Agnes Stanley.
She had insisted on riding out the hurricane in her home.
“She had great difficulty getting around,” Poche said. “She was not ambulatory, neighbors brought her paper every day, brought her coffee, we all kind of pitched in to take care of her.”
Poche told Eyewitness News she called Stanley’s son the morning of August 27th and got permission to break through a window to try and rescue her.
She was too late.
“We saw that she was under the water, and we backed out and called 911,” Poche said. “We think that the water got too high and she may have drowned.”
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office confirms she drowned.
Her family, too upset to speak about her on camera, did tell us her body was recovered two days later.
Her home, as well as at least three others on this street, had been burglarized, according to the Houston Police Department.
“She was still in there,” Poche said. “The coroner was not able to get in until Thursday to pick her body up. Yeah, they broke into her house and stole stuff, too.”