WILMINGTON, N.C. - Despite Wilmington getting pummeled by Hurricane Florence, lototers are cleaning out stores in the area.
Channel 9 was at a Family Dollar on Greenfield Street in downtown Wilmington, where thieves nearly picked the store clean.
People across the road threw items at the media, and a glass bottle burst at the feet of Channel 9 reporter Ken Lemon.
Police said that the manager of the Family Dollar told police to let the looters go ahead.
Wilmington police tweeted they are "identifying looters who took items from a local Family Dollar Store Saturday afternoon, despite initial concerns from the store management we will charge them to fullest extent of the law."
Wilmington police also said officers arrested five people who broke in and looted the Dollar General at 5th & Dawson Streets."
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