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NEW YORK — Fifteen people have been charged with looting businesses in a Queens neighborhood in the aftermath of the storm.

District Attorney Richard Brown says the suspects broke into numerous businesses on the Far Rockaway peninsula. The businesses included a liquor store, clothing stores and a Radio Shack.

The area was badly damaged by flooding and high winds. Residents were told to evacuate but many didn't.

The suspects range in age from 16 to 42.

They were charged with burglary and other charges.

Brown said the city "has zero tolerance for looters who would exploit a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy for their own personal gain."

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