A powerful Christmas weekend blizzard pounded Buffalo, dumping nearly six feet of snow on the upstate New York city while creating conditions that were ripe for exploitation by criminals who used the historic weather disaster as an opportunity to loot retail stores with video footage of the descent into chaos going viral on social media.
With much of the nation being slammed by the storm which sent temperatures plunging, disrupted holiday travel and led to the cancelations of thousands of flights, few areas were hit harder than Buffalo, a city directly across the border from Canada, which experienced the full fury of Mother Nature in what is being described as a “once in a generation” storm with at least 27 people already reported dead stemming from the brutal conditions.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency as residents were trapped in their homes with the more unfortunate being stranded on roads, many of which were unpassable due to the heavy snowfall. And as police were busy with rescue and assistance efforts, the looters ransacked stores in another sad example of how crime in the Democrat-controlled state isn’t limited to the mean streets of New York City.
(Video: The Daily Mail)
“I don’t know how these people can even live with themselves, how they can look at themselves in the mirror,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to reporters on Monday. “They are the ‘lowest of the low.”
Among the videos posted to Twitter show the criminals streaming out of a Dollar General location carrying stolen merchandise, showing no concern of being confronted by police as some roll carts filled with loot down the snowbound streets as their thievery is recorded by a shocked citizen from a vehicle.
There’s looting in Buffalo NY b/c it snowed?????? pic.twitter.com/LItUw0T0zJ
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) December 26, 2022
Another video shows the wreckage in the aftermath of the looting spree, with broken windows and merchandise strewn across the floor in a Buffalo-area store.
The aftermath of mass looting today in Buffalo, NY following a storm: pic.twitter.com/sJPVOYgtj9
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) December 26, 2022
— Harish Deshmukh (@DeshmukhHarish9) December 26, 2022
Other scenes of criminality from the frozen tundra where lawlessness reigned and emboldened thieves walked off with stolen goods.
After a storm in Buffalo, NY, looters took to the streets to practice their trade: THEFT. It’s pathetic, but real. It’s also underreported in the mainstream media. It all confirms my 95% Rule: 95% of what you read in the press is either wrong or irrelevant.pic.twitter.com/dXUGaY93p9
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) December 27, 2022
They’re uncovering lots of frozen bodies in Buffalo as the damage is starting to be understood whilst looters continue to ransack #Buffalo following the recent cold weather…#griddown #newyork #looting #bodies #bombcyclone pic.twitter.com/mhHSXEX3na
— Mrgunsngear (@Mrgunsngear) December 27, 2022
Some of the thieves even filmed themselves in the act, possibly making it much easier for prosecutors to make their case once law enforcement analyzes the footage.
(Video: The Daily Mail)
One Twitter user noted that the looting was being “significantly downplayed” by local media, with multiple incidents easily found by doing a simple Facebook search.
BREAKING: Looting in Buffalo being significantly downplayed by local media. A simple Facebook search of “Buffalo looting” shows multiple incidents. @WGRZ @ViralNewsNYC #BuffaloBlizzard2022 #BuffaloLooting pic.twitter.com/Rd0EbUpHO9
— Rowan (@canmericanized) December 26, 2022
Additional video posted to social media showed the grim scenes of the storm’s victims as well as police pulling bodies off the streets, footage so gruesome that it has been marked with a warning by Twitter.
— Viral News NY (@ViralNewsNYC) December 26, 2022
Not all looters got away as one video on Twitter showed police making a pinch prior to the thieves being able to make off with a carload of plundered goods.
Buffalo police are arresting looters… pic.twitter.com/CAVcHAgUOF
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) December 26, 2022
According to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz at a Monday news conference, police are investigating reports of looting.
“I’m heartbroken about the deaths, just absolutely devastated to see as many deaths,” he said. “And then to find out that there’s looting going on in our community at the same time we’re still recovering bodies is just horrible.”
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