“Maybe you are the one who needs 911”

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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – St. John the Baptist Sheriff Mike Tregre had a strong message for criminals and looters after Hurricane Ida.

“9-1-1 connections are very rare and very difficult to come by,” Tregre said during a press conference with Governor John Bel Edwards. “Most residents cannot call us, which means they will likely take matters into their own hands. Maybe you are the one who needs the 911 call. I try to say that with the most polite words I can say. “

Tregre also recalled that there is a curfew in St. John – just like in several other parishes beaten by Ida on Sunday, August 29th.

“When it gets dark you shouldn’t be on the streets of St. John Parish,” said Tregre. “There’s nothing to do out here. My prison is empty, you will be in there alone. We do not have it.”

Tregre also reminded local residents to be wary of contractor fraud.

“If someone comes to your house and says they’re going to fix this or that, don’t give any money upfront,” Tregre said. “And whoever comes to your home, I want you to do law enforcement a favor – not just St. John, the whole state – take a picture of them and take a picture of their vehicle and license plate . Not only do you fall victim to Ida, but also to the greedy people out here who will try to take advantage of you. “

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