The breakdown of law and order post-Sandy was shocking. It seemed like people were just waiting for the storm to strike so they could take advantage.
Coney Island was especially bad. People went in and out of stores grabbing flat-screen televisions, clothing, booze and other loot. According to witnesses, looters were in no hurry. Some thieves made multiple trips. Looting even took place in broad daylight, with bystanders present. The thieves didn’t care. It wasn’t about stealing to feed themselves; this was about entrepreneurship. This was about seizing an opportunity.