Business owners near Ferguson fear additional looting

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 4:22 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Many business in communities that surround Ferguson are wondering what law enforcement will do to prevent looting Monday night.

“I think the police and government are doing whatever they think is right, but it has backfired,” said Mumtaz Lalani, the owner of Dellwood Market.

Dellwood Market’s windows are covered in plywood after it was looted a second time Sunday night. Surveillance video shows people firing guns at the doors, busting through a window, and stealing what they can.

Dellwood Mayor Reggie Jones said when police have advanced on protesters, it has simply pushed trouble into Dellwood.

“They know we didn’t have a curfew on this side, so individuals came over here where there was less police protection and were able to hit some of the businesses on our side of town,” Jones said.

Eight businesses in Dellwood were looted. Some businesses owners said their establishments will either remain closed or close early. They have said they are not sure what police plan to do to stop the looting.

“There’s a little confusion as far as I’m concerned,” Jones said.

Many in Dellwood say they have only heard broad statements, but would like to hear specifics from law enforcement.

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