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West Virginia Residents Form Armed Patrol To Fend Off Looters Following Massive Flooding

June 27, 2016

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office in West Virginia said it has received multiple reports of looting and theft and those that commit those acts of crime will face harsh consequences.


According to a press release from the Fayette County Sheriff’s office, the Nallen and Russelville areas have suffered extensive flood damage and many citizens have lost everything. Looters “will not be tolerated,” the release said.

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The residents of Fayette county have taken up arms against these looters and created armed patrols to prevent more theft from happening. Sheriff Steve Kessler told WCHS-TV, “If the residents of this area catch you first, you may not make it to jail. If you are not a resident of this area and don’t have family members in the area you are trying to help, you need to stay out of this area.”

Fayette County deputies made extra patrols in the area and according to Kessler, looters will be arrested.