How Does Louisiana Define Looting?
The statute for looting in Louisiana is found at La. R.S. 14:62.5. Looting is the intentional entry by a person without authorization into any dwelling or other structure belonging to another and used in whole or in part as a home or place of abode by a person, or any structure belonging to another and used in whole or in part as a place of business, or any vehicle, watercraft, building, plant, establishment, or other structure, movable or immovable, in which normal security of property is not present by virtue of a hurricane, flood, fire, act of God, or force majeure of any kind, or by virtue of a riot, mob, or other human agency, and the obtaining or exerting control over or damaging or removing property of the owner.
Whoever commits the crime of looting shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned at hard labor for not more than 15 years, or both.
Whoever commits the crime of looting during the existence of a state of emergency, which has been declared pursuant to law by the governor or the chief executive officer of any parish, may be fined not less than $5,000 to $10,000 and shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than 3 years nor more than 15 years without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
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