A group of at least eight people were caught on camera breaking into and stealing merchandise from a Fort Lauderdale athletic gear store on Sunday in the midst of Hurricane Irma.
Camera crews from ABC Local 10 filmed the group of men and women breaking into Simon’s Sportswear through a hole in a broken glass window. Simon’s is an athletic clothing retailer with dozens of locations across South Florida.
Some members of the group can be seen coming out of the broken window carrying merchandise.
There was also reports of a group having vandalized a Foot Locker in Miami earlier this morning.
It is not clear whether the two groups were the same or not. No one shown in the video has been identified.
This incident follows a home break-in in Polk County in which two teens burglarized an empty Lake Wales, Florida home.
“We want everyone to be safe during the hurricane. And we will not tolerate thieves taking advantage of those evacuating their homes. Looters need to be prepared to go to jail if they try to take advantage of people during a state of emergency,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in a press release.
“I have said over and over that we will not tolerate looting or price gouging,” emphasized Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. “We have deputies actively patrolling the county, including our beach communities, to ensure the safety and security of your homes and businesses. If you think you are going to take advantage of these evacuated properties, be prepared to spend the storm at the county jail.”
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