Thieves Take Advantage Of Historic Blizzard, Several Businesses Looted In Buffalo
At least two Buffalo businesses were looted during the blizzard. While snow and hurricane-force winds were pummeling the city, thieves took the opportunity to break into businesses. Knowing that the roads were impassable and law enforcement was focused on rescues and emergency operations, some used the opportunity to commit crimes.
During a storm briefing on Sunday, December 26, 2022, Steven A. Nigrelli, the New York State Police Superintendent said,
We have had two confirmed reports of looting incidents where law enforcement has been dispatched and responded. Those are still under investigation as we speak. Those are isolated incidents, and it's not reflective of the great community of Western New York, and I'm sure that they'll be limited to those two incidents or at least that's our hope.
WGRZ reports that they received videos showing looted businesses on Buffalo's west side. It's not clear if these are the same businesses Nigrelli mentioned.
In 2021 (the most up-to-date statistics), there were 16,960 property crimes reported in Erie County - a rate of 1,802.40.
When it comes to thefts - robberies, burglaries, and larcenies - in Buffalo, here are the statistics from the Buffalo Police Department for January through November 2022.
3. Robberies committed (by month) in 2022, so far
2. Burglaries committed (by month) in 2022, so far
1. Larcenies committed (by month) in 2022, so far
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