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In Houston, Authorities Are Toughening Penalties As Warning To Would-Be Looters

Officials have imposed a curfew and stiffened sentences for crimes in the disaster area. Burglarizing a home could mean life in prison. At least 14 people accused of looting have been arrested.
A police car patrols in downtown Houston on Wednesday following the first night of curfew after Harvey caused heavy flooding in the city. / MARK RALSTON / Getty Images

In flooded Houston, with scores of businesses closed and homes evacuated, authorities are sending a message to those thinking of looting or price-gouging: Taking advantage of the situation won't be tolerated.

Police are beefing up security in the wake of Hurricane Harvey over reports of looting. That includes imposing a curfew and stiffening penalties for crimes committed in

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