Last Updated on December 28, 2022
In a statement made on Tuesday, Buffalo-based restaurant owner, Carl Anderson Jr., said he found the looting which is happening in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2022 “heart-breaking and disgusting” and called out the lack responsiveness to the criminal activity by the Buffalo Police Department (BPD).
“I called the police station on Bailey Avenue next door to me and 911 directly. For whatever reasons, no one showed up and the criminal activity continued throughout the night,” Andersen said in a Facebook post published on Tuesday.
“It’s amazing how bad Buffalo and Erie County bungled this storm. I have clients’ stores getting looted in Buffalo because they essentially told the whole county that police wouldn’t be out patrolling,” Buffalo-based insurance salesman Mike Sperrazza said.
“What’s NOT being reported or talked about. I own the Louie’s Texas Red Hots on Bailey Ave. I’ve literally served the community on Bailey Ave personally for over 22 years.
I’ve hired the community, given to the community, and embraced the community.
My Christmas Day was spent watching my security cameras covering my Restaurant Louie’s Texas Red Hots and Street Gear, a sneaker and apparel store in the same building.
What I witnessed was heart breaking and disgusting. I was repeatedly burglarized and vandalized. Both my store and my neighbors. I called the Police Station on Bailey Ave. (Next door to me) and 911 directly. For whatever reasons, no one showed up and the criminal activity continued throughout the night. Please share.
-Carl Anderson Jr. , owner of Louie’s Texas Red Hots on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo, New York.
“Catch these scumbag, BPD and Mayor Brown. What’s gonna be done? Thanks to Kathy Hochul bail reform nothing will be done. Violence will escalate because there’s no help coming to these business owners,” one New York twitter user said in response to Anderson’s Facebook post.
An Erie County anchor revealed that Buffalo Police Department (BPD) have today started to investigate incidents of looting.
“Buffalo police tell me they’ve started an anti-looting detail for the City of Buffalo. Made 4 arrests quickly this am. BPD aggressively investigating all incidents of break-ins. More arrests to come,” Buffalonian news anchor Hannah Buehler said in a tweet published on Tuesday.
Let's make these p.o.s famous. Looting furniture in buffalo ny pic.twitter.com/SMibb9u2OC
— bigdaddy (@apostlesrule) December 26, 2022
One local persuaded some looters to cease their criminal activity while he recorded them on camera.
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) December 27, 2022
“Put the s*** back. Did you buy it? Put it back. Put everything back. Come on!” the man told the looter caught in the act. “We’ve got to be good neighbors, man. You’re making Buffalo look bad.”