Again the emergency situation in the of Thunderstorms exploited areas hit and broken into shops. The police arrested six people.
In Eschweiler, a man was caught who was in a pharmacy without authorization and wanted to use medicine. In Stolberg, two women (24, 28) and a man (35) were picked up in a supermarket who wanted to steal food and toys.
Although there were four arrests, according to the police there can be no question of “looting”. “Strong local forces do not make real looting possible. However, the possibility of someone gaining unauthorized access to a destroyed business cannot be completely ruled out, ”a police spokesman told BILD.
In all shops, the entrance area was damaged by the flood, said the police spokesman on Friday. Reports of theft were written and the 28-year-old was brought before the judge.
Also in the Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate, two people were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of burglary.
The accused were brought before the judge. The public prosecutor in Koblenz announced on Friday that he had not issued an arrest warrant because there was no urgent suspicion.
The investigation continued. In addition, some have taken advantage of the location for theft, it said the police. Numbers were initially not known.
“We urgently need support from the police”
There were already several incidents in Stolberg near Aachen on Thursday.
Victim Erol Igneci (45) from “Hirmas Mode” (sells traditional women’s fashion) stunned to BILD: “My clothes were stolen by looters. I live across the street, I still saw them, but couldn’t prevent the theft! The goods were worth maybe around 1000 euros. We urgently need support from the police here! “
The officers patrolled the city that afternoon to prevent further looting. In three cases, witnesses reported that there were people in flooded shops. A suspect was arrested at a jewelry store.
When the officers arrived at other crime scenes – a supermarket and a drugstore – several strangers fled. It was initially unclear whether something was stolen there as well.
A hundred of the police have been in Stolberg since then to protect the abandoned houses and shops from looting. In addition, onlookers who wanted to see the massive damage but did not come from the city should be sent away.