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Houston suffers from Hurricane Beryl: Opportunistic burglars target helpless businesses

Houston suffers from Hurricane Beryl: Opportunistic burglars target helpless businesses

After Hurricane Beryl left millions of people with its aftermath, authorities are now faced with reports of opportunistic crime during widespread power outages.

As the city of five million residents continues to recover from the historic storm that left more than two million households without power, police discovered that four suspects had deliberately broken into stores in the middle of the night.

Houston police released a report Tuesday about the two separate burglaries in which two people allegedly worked together.

These four burglary suspects attempted to take advantage of the power outages caused by Hurricane Beryl by breaking into two businesses,” the police Facebook post said.

The first alleged crime occurred at 12:25 a.m. at a beauty salon, Ultra Wigs, located at 9401 Cullen Boulevard.

Amber Washington, 40, and Charles Richardson, 38, were identified as burglary suspects arrested in connection with this incident.

Police also listed 28-year-old Carlos Flores and 44-year-old Curtis Davis. Flores and Davis were arrested for the alleged burglary, which occurred at 1:15 a.m. at a gas station on the corner of a small shopping center at 4400 Lockwood Drive.

Details of the alleged break-ins were not released, but police mentioned that all four were charged with burglary.

“Our officers arrested them immediately,” police said online.

The bonds for Washington and Richardson were quoted at $4,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Flores and Davis’ bail amounts were not listed at the time of publication of this article.

Beryl hit Texas on Monday as a Category 1 hurricane, killing at least seven people. More than 1.6 million homes and businesses in Texas were still without power as of Wednesday morning, down from a peak of more than 2.7 million on Monday, PowerOutage.us reports.