Hurricane Irma spawned more than waterspouts and tornadoes — looters began breaking into athletic apparel and shoe stores in pursuit of expensive spoils as the storm began bashing Ft. Lauderdale and Miami with heavy rain and strong winds over the weekend.
Police warned looters that “going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice” following a series of burglary arrests while the storm was at its peak.
Fort Lauderdale police arrested nine criminals who were involved in a sportswear store burglary. The group, which was filmed by a local news station, allegedly stole sneakers.
Police Chief Rick Maglione warned people in a statement, telling those with bad intent to instead “stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe.”
The Miami-Dade Police Department announced on Twitter that it made 28 arrests for looting.
28 arrests so far for burglary/looting. Our officers remain on patrol and the curfew is in effect until 7am. #HurricaneIrma
— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) September 11, 2017
Similar warnings were issued by other police departments across the state. “Any looters who come to Pembroke Pines will be greeted by our officers. Choose wisely and stay home,” wrote the Pembroke Pines Police Department.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office wrote: “ATTENTION LOOTERS; Every incident will be investigated. Evidence collected will be used to pursue charges after the fact.”
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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