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An Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron search for flood victims from a helicopter in Eastern Kentucky on July 30, 2022.

An Airman from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron search for flood victims from a helicopter in Eastern Kentucky on July 30, 2022. (Clayton Wear/U.S. Air National Guard)

(Tribune News Service) — Six people have been arrested for looting and stealing in Perry County since flooding struck last week, and Kentucky National Guard military police were headed to at least two counties Wednesday in an effort to curb crime.

Perry County Sheriff Joe Engle said six people had been arrested for looting and stealing since last week.

“Keeping people from stealing and looting” and tending to the welfare of flood victims were two of the focuses of the sheriff’s office on Wednesday, he said.

“We’ve called and asked for extra law enforcement personnel,” Engle said. Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky National Guard are responding.

In a statement, Breathitt County Judge-Executive John Hollan said he had spoken with a Kentucky National Guard representative.

“The 223rd Military Police will be patrolling in the county, due to the imposed curfew and looting,” Hollan said.

Perry County hasn’t yet set a curfew to thwart looting, Engle said.

Breathitt County has joined other counties and towns, including Letcher County and Hindman, in enacting curfews that generally run from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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