Warning of looters, scammers in wine country fires

- Fire evacuees from Sonoma and Napa counties are being warned of looters and scammers.

Police arrested a suspected looter over the weekend in the area of Cleveland and Industrial Drive near an evacuation zone. They released photos of items found on the suspect and believe the items were stolen from nearby homes.
In Sonoma County authorities arrested three people after finding them carrying black gloves, different types of knives, hypodermic needles and zip ties.

The three suspects were from San Rafael, Oakland, and San Francisco. They were arrested for outstanding warrants.

The Better Business Bureau is also warning fire victims about scammers offering great deals to fix fire damage.

The agency says so-called "storm chasers" will knock on doors with high pressure sales tactics asking for cash up front.

"People are really anxious.. harder to  make rational proactive instead of reactive to sales solicitations," said BBB Community Outreach Coordinator Rebecca Harpster.

The Better Business Bureau says it's important to get estimates from at least three contractors, and to make sure they are licensed by the state for the work they are offering to do

During Saturday’s community meeting in Santa Rosa, Senator Kamala Harris warned of another threat to fire victims. She warned of price gauging. She says it happens often after natural disasters and it's a crime that needs to be reported to the attorney general’s office.

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