Looting Sect in Mexico

People ransack a store in Veracruz, Mexico, Thursday Jan. 5, 2017. Anger over gasoline prices hikes is fueling more protests and looting. Officials say the unrest has resulted in the death of a policeman, the ransacking of hundreds of stores and arrests of hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

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People ransack a store in Veracruz, Mexico, Thursday Jan. 5, 2017. Anger over gasoline prices hikes is fueling more protests and looting. Officials say the unrest has resulted in the death of a policeman, the ransacking of hundreds of stores and arrests of hundreds of people. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

Thania Salinas, Reporter

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Mexican government officials have reported a series of organized looting incidents across the State of Mexico beginning in early January. On January 4, 2018 at around 7:00, a group of at least 100 looters united to burn pallets and grassland in the commercial store Bodega Aurrera in Zumpango. The State Security of Mexico reported that they had obtained messages circulating the social networks to organize various lootings across the state and commercial stores in Ecatepec. Facebook profiles were investigated and a particular profile stood up to government officials. A group called “Saqueo, Saqueo”, which translates to “Looting, Looting”, was detected with more than 3,600 members and two registered administrators with the names of Michel Bellic IV and Mugricio Lacri.

The defined profiles were alerted and notified to the authorities of Mexico along with the names of the members subscribed to the page, for they are suspects to the thefts of commercial stores across the state. The Facebook page consist of members that met through social networks and have never met in real life. The page contains posts informing its members about meeting times and areas in order to organize and conduct to stores and perform the lootings and acts of violence. The SSEM reported that at least a total of 83 people had been arrested related to the theft crimes and damage of property in department stores.

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