Metro Police arrested two Springfield, Tenn. men this morning around 10:30 a.m. for stealing items from the front yards of flood victims in Bellevue.
The arrest came just after police arrested three men on charges they were looting in the same neighborhood.
“One of the couples was stealing a lawn mower and the other was trying to get away with some appliances,” said Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas, who on Thursday agreed to accept the top police job in New Orleans.
In all, Metro police have arrested seven people for looting, which officials have called a small figure given the magnitude of last weekend’s flooding.
Serpas also said some wrecker-service companies have tried to take advantage of flood victims by price gauging people who are looking to store damaged vehicles.
“It’s natural it’s going to happen,” he said.
Serpas encouraged wrecker service companies to consider allowing victims to store vehicles free of charge.