Ridgecrest Earthquake, looting


RIDGECREST (CBSLA) — A Ridgecrest store owner is “shocked” his business was looted as the city continues clean-up efforts following a series of violent earthquakes in the area this week.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Ridgecrest Earthquake

Thursday’s 6.4 magnitude earthquake broke bottles all over Abdul Odeh’s store. Friday’s 7.1 magnitude quake caused even more damage. Then, there are the hundreds of aftershocks that have followed. But Odeh says he was more shocked that someone would take advantage of a community recovering from disaster.

He says shortly after he closed Friday night someone cut the power and broke in, stealing the cash register and hundreds of lottery scratchers.

“It’s shocking,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that we’re in a small town like this to have the people take advantage of each other. That was hurtful for us … the way they would take advantage of the community as a whole.”

Odeh estimates his business lost $20,000 due to the earthquakes. He does not have earthquake insurance but says his policy is expected to cover the burglary.

California Governor Gavin Newsom meanwhile spent the day speaking to first response teams, local city leaders and members of the community in the Ridgecrest area.

“We can’t be complacent,” he told reporters, vowing California would provide ongoing assistance.

A Red Cross cooling and evacuation center for victims in the Ridgecrest area is available at 100 W. California Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555.

Victims may also contact the following agencies for emergency and non-emergency assistance: 

Structure Residence Building Damage
(760) 499-5083

PG&E
(888) 743-4911

Southern California Edison  
(800) 655-4555

Non-Emergency Police or Missing Persons
(760) 499-5100

Comments (31)
  1. So doesn’t have earthquake insurance but good thing someone stole cash registers that should be empty and easily traceable scratchers? Sounds pretty sketchy to me.

  2. Kevin Bearly says:

    Was it the usual white Amish people doing it?

    1. Jacque Chirac says:

      That’s what I was thinking. Those darn Amish always filling up their horse drawn buggies with their ill gotten stuff they looted.

    2. Jamie Seal Cates says:

      California IS a democrat state!

  3. David Olson says:

    Looters should be shot on sight.

  4. Negro crime gangs must be roaming the affected areas looking for opportunities.

  5. Tony Dean says:

    If only we had a clue…something to help identify the looters…I don’t know…anything…maybe, how they look…their characteristics…DARN, IF ONLY!

  6. Walter Finley says:

    The usual suspects.

  7. Craig Hobson says:

    Let me guess, the usual suspects.

  8. Big Mama says:

    uh ..”of colors” did it

  9. Don McCoy says:

    The store owner was “shocked” that his place was looted? Has he ever seen the news? EVER? LOL! I feel bad for the guy…but urbanites LOOT when there’s a disaster. It’s just that simple.

  10. Ferd Berfel says:

    because sometimes welfare and Free Stuff just isn’t enough

  11. Gary Griffin says:

    Gov. Gavin Newsom said it’s time residents did their part by mapping out emergency escape routes and preparing earthquake kits with food, water, lights and other necessities.

    Isn’t that what he does for illegals for “free”?

  12. Brian Koceja says:

    hmmmm……just another day for apes to loot their own city

  13. John Jupiter says:

    Dark Animals escaped the Zoo ?????

  14. There is nothing American about those africans.

    Can’t live with them.
    Won’t live near them.

    1. Bee Johnson says:

      Sir: I was seriously considering purchasing and Antebellum House located in Chesterfield, South Carolina, the Home of my ancestors that fought so bravely in the War of Northern Aggression. AS I was looking over the House, i sat for a time on the wide Veranda, I suddenly had a vision. I was seated on the Veranda in a wicker chair with a Mint Julip in my hand. It was Saturday Evening and the field Hands and House staff were singing “Swing Low Sweet Chariot to Me. I just had to share that with You.
      Onward the Colors
      Best B B

  15. Must have been the work of those darn “Teens” again.