Residents of an Edison complex destroyed by fire report instances of looting
Concerns about looting are adding insult to injury for 24 Edison families who lost their homes when a fire tore through their apartment complex.
Building 12 at the Waterford Apartments remains empty and will likely stay that way for the foreseeable future. News 12 New Jersey has taken some calls from residents who are concerned about their belongings following reports of thefts from the building.
Residents have not been allowed to return to the building since the April 3 fire. They tell News 12 that there have been concerns about looting mainly from people who lived on the first floor. There is a locked fence around the building, however, some say it’s not enough.
“They had everything in the house. We just heard like people just came in and just stole something, which is very wrong. We never expect that in this community,” says resident Kehinde Oluyemi.
“They had asked if they can have a fence…They put it up, but my friend that was telling me, it’s not secured. You can kind of just move it and one night, they looted almost every unit,” says resident Connie Thomas.
The Edison police chief tells News 12 that a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were arrested.