Ten people charged with looting during Hurricane Florence made their initial appearance before a judge Monday. Since the courts have been closed since Wednesday, these cases and about 30 others were handled at the jail.
District Attorney Ben David said those facing minor charges were released or transferred in order to make room for new cases. Those charged with crimes related to looting all received bonds of $25,000 or higher.
David said they wanted to send a strong message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated in any respect.
“This is not need, in many cases. It’s greed,” David said.
All four defendants connected to the Dollar General looting were in front of a judge Monday.
The Dollar General store on Dawson Street was robbed Saturday hours after the Family Dollar store.
Officers are still actively investigating the looting at the Family Dollar, and hopeful tips from the public will lead to further arrests.
Defendants awaiting their first appearances in Burgaw and Pender County will get to see a judge Tuesday.