Natural disasters tend to bring out the best in people – in first responders, of course, but also in neighbors near and far who pitch in to do what they can.

Stories of heroics range from dramatic rescues to providing necessary meals and shelter to a shoulder to cry on and a hug.

And from around the nation, Americans from the president and first lady to kids, reach out to victims with prayer, support and donations of everything from million dollar pledges to stuffed animals for children displaced by the event.

Sadly, disasters can also bring out some of the worst in society – people who prey on victims, taking advantage of their desperate situation to line their own pockets at the expense of others.

And so it has been in Texas, as the Gulf Coast region begins recovery efforts after one of the worst natural disasters in its history, Hurricane Harvey, left massive damage in its wake as it moved on to Louisiana and made itself felt all the way north to Memphis.

Harvey didn’t do as much damage as the flooding that the record-breaking rainfall did with Houston experiencing days of six inches per hour totals that the city’s infrastructure – the fourth largest in the nation – simply could not accommodate.

Looters, of course, immediately saw opportunity.

Where most saw the chance to lend a hand, the worst element in society saw a chance to grab what is left for themselves.

Amid reports that these criminals are going into stores and businesses impacted by the mass flooding and stripping the shelves bare, a county sheriff issued a warning that it isn’t going to happen in his county with some straight talk.

“We’ve heard of looting around the greater Houston area, specifically Harris County… we support the Second Amendment here in Fort Bend County, and there are many of us that are armed. I would caution those that want to come and prey on our people here in Fort Bend County that are suffering so much right now. You may want to stay out of Fort Bend County because you could leave this county in a bag.”

Sheriff Troy Nehls of Fort Bend County, just southwest of the Houston city limits, has put potential looters who think the county is open for their business on notice.

Given the Texas motto, “Don’t mess with Texas,” it would be best to heed Sheriff Nehls’s warning.

Do you think looters should be dealt with harshly by home and business owners?

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