Fort Lauderdale police arrest 9 people caught on camera looting during Irma

Tuesday, 12 Sep, 2017

Fort Lauderdale police also arrested looters.

As of Monday, police in Fort Lauderdale had arrested 19 people for burglarizing businesses and residences during the storm, officials said.

As Hurricane Irma pushed further into Florida, footage captured looters breaking into a Foot Locker location in Fort Lauderdale.

The same group then looted a Footlocker and CashAmerica Pawn Store in the same area, WPLG reported.

"Going to jail over a couple of shoes is a genuinely terrible life choice", Fort Lauderdale police Chief Rick Maglione said in an announcement. "We're on patrol & won't tolerate criminal activity as our community recovers from #HurricaneIrma!".

One of the gun looters turned himself in when SWAT arrived, but the second barricaded himself inside the store, only for law enforcement to subdue him with gas canisters soon after.

September 09-With Hurricane Irma hours away from South Florida, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in nine counties.

In an attempt to reduce looting incidents, Broward County even imposed a curfew.

Deputies were notified after the homeowners were monitoring their homes via surveillance.

The Miami Police Department also tweeted out a photo warning people against looting. "If you think you are going to take advantage of these evacuated properties, be prepared to spend the storm at the county jail".

The Miami Police Department posted a picture of the suspected thieves with the caption, "Thinking about looting?" "Choose wisely and stay home".

The Broward Sheriff's Office immediately reacted to Local 10's report, posting on Twitter: "ATTENTION LOOTERS; Every incident will be investigated".