Looters have no conscience or empathy - looting in Christchurch...
A warning to watch out for goods sold by looters has been issued after recent reports of repeated looting from Christchurch homes and businesses.
People looking to pick up a bargain should be wary of encouraging looters in quake-hit Christchurch, according to the anonymous tip-off organisation Crimestoppers.
The warning comes after recent reports of repeated looting from Christchurch homes and businesses.
Crimestoppers chief executive Lou Gardiner said looters had "no conscience or empathy" and would invariably sell stolen goods on the cheap to get rid of them.
Potential buyers should ask questions of the seller to determine where the goods had come from, he said.
"These looters and thieves can only exist because of willingness of others to purchase cheap goods without asking themselves some obvious questions."
Mr Gardiner said residents had the chance to make a real contribution by helping to identify criminals and recover stolen goods.
"If you have real suspicions about the origin of the items then ring your local police, or if you have some reluctance to do that for whatever reason, contact Crimestoppers and provide the information anonymously."
Acknowledgements: - NZPA