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Two men arrested in probe of whether NO police stole cars after hurricane

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS- A bounty hunter and another man have been arrested in the investigation into whether city police stole almost 200 cars from a dealership during Hurricane Katrina, authorities said Tuesday.

Police have acknowledged some cars were taken from a Cadillac dealership after patrol cars were flooded. A department spokesman said earlier this month that it was not considered looting because the officers patrolled in the vehicles.

Alroy M. Allen, 23, and Sean Franklin, 39, are accused of stealing a 2003 Cadillac Escalade from the dealership.

Kris Wartelle, spokeswoman for the attorney general, said Allen was a bounty hunter but declined to detail any relationship between the suspects and New Orleans police.

More arrests are expected, Wartelle said, and she would not rule out the possibility of police being among those booked.

Allen was arrested Monday. Franklin was arrested Oct. 17, when authorities seized the stolen Cadillac.

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