Drone Video Captures Looters Breaking Into ATM in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

A drone video captured the moment several looters attempted to steal money from an ATM in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The video, which was posted to Twitter by WXChasing (Brandon Clement), shows two individuals at a burned down market in the New Orleans neighborhood of St. Claude.

"The moment looters realize a drone is watching them try to break into an ATM maching [sic] in burned down St. Claude market in the lower 9th ward," the tweet said.

The moment looters realize a drone is watching them try to break into an ATM maching in burned down St. Claude market in the lower 9th ward. #hurricaneIda #looting pic.twitter.com/PtPGO7ZPGE

— WXChasing (Brandon Clement) (@bclemms) August 30, 2021

In the video, one of the individuals can be seen attempting to empty the ATM which is severely damaged from a fire. As the video continues, another individual walks into the market and then notices the drone flying above.

The New Orleans Fire Department also posted several photos of the market in St. Claude after it had burned down in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

"2- Alarm Fire. St Claude & Andry St. Photos by Chief C Mickal, NOFD Photo unit," the New Orleans Fire Department wrote in a tweet showing the burned down market. According to Nola.co, the New Orleans Fire Department first received reports of the market on fire early Monday morning.

While it is unclear as to what exactly caused the fire, Hurricane Ida damaged numerous parts of Louisiana after making landfall as a Category 4 storm.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Ida to a Tropical Storm on Monday morning, but parts of New Orleans already experienced severe rainfall and strong wind speeds.

In an update on Monday morning, the National Hurricane Center said that "Tropical Storm force winds, especially in gusts, will continue over portions of southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southern Alabama this afternoon."

The update also noted that parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are also expected to experience heavy rainfall, which could potentially result in "considerable" flash floods.

On Sunday morning, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the entire city lost power as Hurricane Ida made landfall.

"The plant that provides power to Entergy, New Orleans, was compromised," she said. "We rely on this plant to ensure that we have power throughout the city."

She continued, "this is the time to continue to remain in your safe places. Not a time to venture out throughout our city, at all, it's unsafe."

New Orleans Police Department Chief Shaun Ferguson said in a video posted to Cantrell's Twitter the department will implement its "anti-looting deployment, to ensure the safety of our citizens and to ensure the safety of our citizens' property."

Just wanted to give you all another update. This time around, I’m joined by NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson💙💯

We have now lost power, citywide! This is the time to continue to remain in your safe places. It isn’t a time to venture out!!

We will get through this together! 💪⚜️ pic.twitter.com/NBoD2HY07J

— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) August 30, 2021

Newsweek reached out to the New Orleans Police Department for comment on the video but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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On Sunday, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the entire city lost power as Hurricane Ida hit and asked residents to shelter in place. Heavy winds and rain from hurricane Ida are seen in Bourg, Louisiana on Sunday. Mark Felix/Getty