2 charged with looting at damaged hotel, Louisiana cops say
Two women are accused of stealing items from a hotel that has been closed since it was damaged by Hurricane Ida in 2021, according to Louisiana police.
Officers caught the women taking items from a hotel in Galliano, Louisiana on June 3, according to a news release from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Galliano is about 70 miles south of New Orleans.
The hotel owner told police the property had been closed since August 2021 due to hurricane damage. The women were each charged with one count of looting because the hotel could not be secured, the statement said.
Ida was a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall in southeast Louisiana. The hurricane caused four deaths directly in Louisiana and 26 deaths indirectly in that state, according to the National Hurricane Center. It caused an estimated $55 billion in damage in Louisiana, and Lafourche Parish, where nearly all buildings were damaged, was one of the hardest-hit places in the state, according to the hurricane center.