On Tuesday, Carey Hart issued a harsh warning on Instagram directed at potential looters after reports of looting in the area near his home began to spread. Hart and his wife Pink, the pop star, were forced to evacuate as the Woolsey and Hill fires burned their way across Southern California, leaving their beachside property vulnerable to thieves.
“It’s unfortunate that some people take advantage of others in a crisis,” said Hart, a professional motocross competitor, in an Instagram post. “While the malibu fires have been burning, some locals have been fighting off and defending their property against the fires. There have been sightings of looters breaking in to homes.”
“Well, if you are a looter,” Hart continued, “think twice if you are heading back into malibu. #DefendYourLand #2ndamendment.”
Along with the statement was a black and white image of a group of men holding various firearms along with a sign that reads: Looters will be shot on site.”
Nearly all of the men in the photo have their faces covered, primarily with bandanas and different forms of dust masks and respirators.
Over the weekend, approximately 250,000 people had to evacuate areas in Southern California as the wildfires approached. According to a report by the Daily Mail, at least 435 buildings were damaged by the blazes that have torched about 100,000 acres.
Hart and Pink’s home, located in Malibu, is said to have survived the wildfires. Other celebrities who were forced to evacuate include Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, and the Kardashians, and not all of them were so lucky.
On Monday, even as firefighters continue to battle against the raging infernos, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced that additional law enforcement teams would be sent to evacuated neighborhoods to handle looters.
“We have experienced some looting activity during the past two days,” said the sheriff’s office in a statement. “Southeastern Ventura County is within a declared disaster area. People need to stay out of the area to let public safety crews do their work.”
“People found in areas where they do not belong will be contacted by law enforcement and may be arrested.”