Crime went down but didn’t disappear with Hurricane Charley bearing down on Central Florida with winds gusting to 100 mph, says the Orlando Sentinel. Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger said he was amazed that thieves could ply their trade during the height of the storm. In Orlando, two businesses–a jewely store and an art gallery– reported losses of more than $25,000 each during the weekend.
Cpl. Carlos Torres, an Orange County sheriff’s spokesman, attributed the low crime to an increased presence of law enforcement on the streets after the storm and the message that looters weren’t going to be tolerated. “At the same time, people — including criminals — they kind of cease and desist because of the tragedy,” Torres said. “For the most part, people are still trying to get re-established.”