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Hurricane Sandy reportedly prompts looting in Howard Beach

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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:29 pm | Updated: 11:13 am, Fri Nov 2, 2012.

There's been looting in Howard Beach, with at least two banks and a pharmacy hit in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's destruction, sources in the community tell the Queens Chronicle.

The Army National Guard was on Cross Bay Boulevard Tuesday morning, possibly in an effort to quell the criminal activity. The looting apparently got started after the hurricane blew out the windows of the businesses, which include the Capital One bank on Cross Bay near 156th Avenue, another bank nearby and a drugstore in the same area.

None of the businesses could immediately be reached to confirm or comment on the situation.

Howard Beach and surrounding communities in South Queens were especially hard hit by the storm. Cars carried by the surging waters ended up on people's lawns. Basements were flooded everywhere. In a scene likely repeated numerous times, one woman in Rockwood Park fled her basement apartment with nothing but her pets as the water poured in, eventually reaching the ceiling.

"She ran out with her two dogs and her bird," said Rosemary Ray of Lindenwood, a friend of the woman and the head of accounting at the Queens Chronicle. "She lost everything. She's homeless. She's living with her brother now."

— Peter C. Mastrosimone, with reporting by Rosemary Ray

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