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Two Florida men arrested for looting ahead of Hurricane Dorian

2019-09-03

Joseph Colombo (L) and Thaylon Lewis (R) were arrested Monday for stealing sandbags from a Daytona Beach construction site. (Volusia County Corrections)

The first Hurricane Dorian-related arrests have been made in Florida after a state of emergency was declared ahead of the pending storm.

Two men were arrested Monday for stealing sandbags from a Daytona Beach construction site, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

A sergeant was driving past the site when he spotted one man loading sandbags into a red Chevrolet pickup and another serving as a lookout, according to officials.

Thaylon Lewis, 43, and Joseph Colombo Jr., 45, were both arrested on scene and charged with theft during a declared state of emergency. Colombo was also charged with an injunction violation for possessing a firearm.

More than 100,000 free sandbags have been distributed in Volusia County in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, which is currently expected to move “dangerously close” to Florida late Tuesday into Wednesday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood had already issued several warnings to anyone caught committing crimes during the state of emergency before Lewis and Colombo were arrested.