At least 14 people have been arrested in looting incidents parishwide amid widespread flooding leaving many homes and businesses uninhabited.
The incidents prompted a sharp warning from Mayor-President Kip Holden.
"We are not going to tolerate lawlessness of any kind or anywhere in our city," Holden said in a statement. "No part of our city will be unprotected. If you break the law, you will be arrested and prosecuted. The protection of our city and its citizens are top priority."
Baton Rouge police officers arrested six people in two separate looting incidents on the city's north side in the early morning hours Tuesday amid widespread flooding, according to a police spokesman.
Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. with the Baton Rouge Police Department, said two men were arrested in the 2800 block of Dougherty Drive around 1 a.m. Tuesday and four more people were arrested at about 4:15 a.m. near the intersection of Beachwood and Charles streets.
Those arrested in the first incident were Adrian Ard, 50, and Ronald Talbert, 61, both on counts of looting, simple criminal damage to property and resisting arrest.
Those arrested in the second incident were Dewayne Curry, 18; Darnell House, 20; and two juveniles aged 15 and 16.
Baker Police and Sheriff's Office deputies arrested another eight people who were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Those arrested were Dedrick Green, 24, of Baker, Tristen Aubert, 25, of Baker, Micheal Dunn, 36, of Baker, Anthony Kinchen, 32, of Baton Rouge, Aaron Pounds, 18, of Baton Rouge, Kentrell Henderson, 27, of Baton Rouge, James Henderson, of Baton Rouge and Dewayne Winborne, of Baton Rouge.
The arrests come with floodwaters swamping much of the Baton Rouge area, even as some inundated areas in the northern part of the parish drain.