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Redding Police Threaten Crackdown Amid Fears Of Looting

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 30, 2018 - 6:17 am

REDDING (KCBS Radio) -- Authorities and ordinary citizens in the Redding area say they are on the lookout for looters as the massive Carr Fire continues to keep tens of thousands of people away from their homes.

Redding Police Cheif Roger Moore said his officers and Shasta County sheriff's deputies are patrolling evacuated areas. Moore said they're stopping anyone they see and "if they don't have a legitimate reason to be there, if we don't arrest them for looting, we'll arrest them for something else."

More than 200 members of the California National Guard have been delpoyed to Shasta County and are assisting in anti-looting patrols.

At least two men have been arrested on looting charges, according to the Sacramento BeeThe newspaper reported  Jade Ball,25, and Jack Fannin, 19, both of Redding, were found with what police said was evidence tying them to several burglaries.

Authorities said a homeowner who stayed behind flagged down an officer after he noticed evidence that people had been in his house.  

Officers found a nearby home with evidence of a broken-in door and discovered electronic items stacked by the front door. Police said they do not believe the homeowners placed the items like that before evacuating.

At least three other people have been arrested in evacuation zones. The Record Searchlight  reports one of them was a man dressed in camouflage who authorities say was carrying a number of weapons.

KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan found one home in an unevacuated area of Redding with a sign on the front door reading: "We're Home, and We're Armed."