- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

HOUSTON (AP) - A 38-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for looting a Walmart store closed during Hurricane Harvey last year.

Thomas Gamelin already was on parole last August for a drug conviction when police driving by the store saw a van that appeared to have been used to smash open a door at the Walmart and then saw Gamelin carrying a television. Surveillance video also showed him taking other electronics and tobacco products from the closed store.

A jury Wednesday convicted him of burglary and State District Judge Brad Hart sentenced him to 20 years.

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Harris County Assistant District Attorney Joshua Raygor says Gamelin saw the worst natural disaster in Houston’s history as “the perfect opportunity to take advantage and try to make a profit.”

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