Looters invading an evacuation zone established in the Santa Cruz Mountains area in Northern California were blamed for the criminal activity, stated officials with Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Defense), KRON-TV of San Francisco reported.
” It’s regrettable. It’s sickening that a person of our fire ground commanders, while out functioning and directing firefighting teams, someone entered his department automobile and stole his wallet and drained his checking account,” a Cal Fire main told reporters during a news rundown, KRON reported.
Cal Fire posted a Twitter message concerning the incident and underscored the value of the public staying clear of evacuation zones, according to the station
Some 100 law enforcement officers have actually been deployed to the location amidst various reports of robbery, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart told the Associated Press.
” I can’t think of a larger low-life,” Hart stated of the wallet-theft suspect, who stayed at large and unknown. “The DA is going to hammer him.”
” I can’t envision a bigger low-life. The DA is going to hammer him.”
— Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart
The CZU fire was one of some 650 wildfires burning in California, much of them credited to more than 12,000 lightning strikes in the state considering that Aug. 15, according to the AP.
The CZU blaze was one of three “complexes,” or groups of fires, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the AP report stated.
Some 14,000 firefighters were deployed statewide to battle the blazes, according to the AP.