The arrests are mounting across Florida of people who are trying to loot empty businesses and homes that have been evacuated due to Hurricane Irma. In total, 32 people have been arrested by police, 28 in Miami alone.
In Orlando, two people broke into a sporting goods store and allegedly stole guns before they were met with SWAT officers in a standoff. There were also shocking videos of gangs trying to break into stores and take items from deserted properties. When one looter refused to surrender to SWAT officers after trying to steal guns from an Orlando store, they reportedly used gas to subdue the suspect. Two suspects were eventually apprehended, and the event was “peacefully resolved.”
A local Orlando utility company reported that some residents have made complaints that people are posing as utility workers were robbing homeowners at gun point, according to WOFL-TV in Florida.
Two large groups of looters tried to steal from a sporting goods store in South Florida, one alleged thief was shot, and at least 12 were arrested. The looting and arrests were caught on camera. In Fort Lauderdale, Fl., a Broward County sheriff’s deputy shot a teenager and arrested another after they allegedly broke into a home in the affluent suburb of Weston at around 3:00 am Saturday morning. Police officials responded to the home after the owners, who were out of town, noticed that their surveillance system caught the burglars inside. A deputy opened fired and shot a 17-year old whose injuries are considered non-life-threatening.
Eight people were caught on camera stealing from a Fort Lauderdale shoe store as Hurricane Irma ravaged South Florida. Camera crews from a local ABC station filmed the group of men and women breaking into Simon’s Sportswear and carrying out boxes of shoes.
The Miami Police used their arrest of looters to make a statement on social media. They released a photograph of ten detained men suspected of looting with this tweet: “Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out.” They used the hashtag, #stayindoors. People responded by calling the looters, “the worst kind of people.”
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a press release that looters need to be prepared to go to jail if they try to take advantage of people during a state of emergency.
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