Neighborhood Bans Together to Prevent Looters After Wildfire

POSTED: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 5:34pm

UPDATED: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 9:32pm

BASTROP, TX- The Hewett family is standing guard at the entrance to their neighborhood off Sage Drive in Bastrop. Looters hit their home Thursday.

"They took our generator which is the one thing we really needed and that was a real drag," says Cathy Hewett.

Fire destroyed dozens of homes off Sage Drive. Still, neighbors here are banding together to protect what is left of their property. They've set up makeshift blockades.

"We do 24 hours a day. There is somebody here. And we call each other and make plans and we have got it on both sides of the street and all night long."

Any car that comes in or out is photographed, the license plate number also written down.

"If they want to sneak in and get something they are not going to be able to do it," says Cathy.

Sneak in and you could be met with threatening circumstances. Go ahead and check out this sign. The Hewett’s put it up after a second looting attempt.

"We had at 11:30 at night, before we did this, someone shaking out gate and trying to get in and it was really scary, we had to call the police," says Cathy.

Cathy is trying to see the positive in standing guard. She says it has brought her neighbors, some who have never met, together

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Good for these people. You think people would be helping them to remove damage. No we have the sorry crude of the earth stealing.

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