HPD makes around 30 looting arrests

September 14, 2008 8:38:30 AM PDT
Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt says the department made about 30 looting arrests in the 24-hour period. HURRICANE IKE: Watch live | Breaking news on Ike | Roadway incidents | Interactive tracking | Viewer photos of Ike | Doppler radar | During the storm | After the storm | Hurricane guide

Houston officials have issued a weeklong curfew for the city devastated by Hurricane Ike, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Hurtt says the looting arrests, between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday, were burglaries at pawn shops, convenience stores and auto-parts stores.

But Hurtt said Sunday that the curfew was aimed more at protecting the public, than curbing looting, because most traffic lights are out and there's a lot of debris in the street.

Hurtt says arrests for curfew violations will only be made at "officer's discretion," and Mayor Bill White says the city would not order businesses to close at 9 p.m.

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