More than 50 looters have been arrested in the Miami area on Tuesday in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, officials say.
Among the suspects was a group of 26 individuals who broke into a single Wal-Mart store all at once. Police said that incident occurred in north Miami on Saturday night, just as Irma was bearing down on the Keys.
Another six looters were arrested taking shoes, bags, and laptops from a Miami shopping center.
Police posted a video of an overflowing holding cell at a Miami prison in an effort to deter other potential criminals.
Miami officials lifted the 7 p.m. curfew that was in place for citizens’ safety during the hurricane on Tuesday, but officers will be on 24-hour patrol to prevent additional incidents of looting as businesses get back on their feet following the storm.
Fort Lauderdale police Chief Rick Maglione urged citizens not to throw away their lives with one silly decision born out of hurricane chaos.
“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” he said.
Furthermore, Hurricane Irma led to confusion in the British Virgin Islands, as well, when more than 100 prisoners escaped from a law enforcement facility, first reported by the BBC.
There was a “serious threat of the complete breakdown of law and order,” Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan said, adding that 997 troops in the region were joined by 47 police officers in a bid to maintain order.
— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 10, 2017
Any looters who come to Pembroke Pines will be greeted by our officers. Choose wisely and stay home. https://t.co/9ETgZKgYla
— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 10, 2017
ATTENTION LOOTERS; Every incident will be investigated. Evidence collected will be used to pursue charges after the fact. #HurrcaneIrma
— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) September 10, 2017
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