Buffalo police investigate looting after winter storm freezes northwest New York

Police in Buffalo, New York, have arrested eight people for looting several stores following a deadly winter storm in western New York over the Christmas weekend.

Videos released by the department’s anti-looting detail on Tuesday show the aftermath of the stores being ransacked, with boxes everywhere, shelves emptied and shoes looted from a warehouse.

The Buffalo Police Department's anti-looting detail captured video of stores looted during the Christmas weekend winter storm.

The Buffalo Police Department’s anti-looting detail captured video of stores looted during the Christmas weekend winter storm.
(Buffalo Police Department)

Alarms can be heard in most of the videos as the person filming the footage captures the damage done to the stores.

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Looters didn’t seem to leave anything untouched.

Fridge shelves were bare of drinks, clothes were ripped from racks and strewn all over the floor, gift card shelves were mostly stripped clean and boxes of shoes were cleaned out and left standing empty.

A family walks past Cameron's 24 Hour Store in Buffalo, New York, December 26, 2022. - Emergency crews in New York on December 26, 2022 battled to save residents from what authorities called

A family walks past Cameron’s 24 Hour Store in Buffalo, New York, on December 26, 2022. – Emergency crews in New York battled on December 26, 2022 to rescue residents from what authorities called the “blizzard of the century,” a relentless storm that has left at least 25 dead in the state causing travel chaos in the US.
(Joed Viera/AFP via Getty Images)

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia acknowledged during a news conference Monday that officers had responded to multiple reports of looting and that arrests had been made.

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– People who are out looting when people are losing their lives in this harsh winter storm is just completely reprehensible, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said during the press conference. “I don’t know how these people can even live with themselves, how they can look at themselves in the mirror. They are the lowest of the low.”

On Tuesday afternoon, the department announced that eight people had been arrested in connection with burglaries during winter storms.

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Buffalo police continue to investigate the looting incidents and are asking anyone with information about the looting to call a confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.

The historic blizzard dropped feet of snow on western New York over the Christmas weekend and has led to at least 28 deaths.

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