(WMC-TV) - Flooding last spring inundated homes in the Mid-South and in many areas rebuilding hasn't started. Now one man is facing charges after police say they caught him stealing from one of those homes while he had his children in tow.
A small pile of metal pipes lead to a big pile of trouble for Terrance Bean.
"He must be definitely desperate," said Frayser resident Donald Davis.
Police say they caught bean stealing scrap metal from two different houses in an area that was once vibrant and occupied, but is now shuttered and abandoned. The entire neighborhood collapsed after it was ravaged by May's flooding.
Bean's also accused of bringing his 12 and 13-year-old sons to help him loot, according to court records.
"To bring your kids… you must not have a good babysitter," said Davis.
People who live in the area say some of the neighborhoods nearby were spared from the worst of the flooding and now they say they're seeing the signs of looters.
"Now we've been having a whole lot of guys that come through with trailers, you know, with scrap metals and everything else," said Roosevelt Hobson, who lives nearby.
Though the leaves change, everything else remains the same in that part of Frayser. The flood left broken glass, busted windows and recurring victimization.
"It's pretty bad back there," said Davis.
Unless police happen upon a theft in the act, a neighborhood ruined by high water has meager resources to fend off anyone who brings children along to try to steal from a place that has nothing left.
Bean is charged with trespassing, possession of burglary tools and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.