Dozens of people have been arrested for looting as Hurricane Irma trudged through Florida on Sunday, including nine people caught on camera at a sporting goods store in Fort Lauderdale, police said.
The alleged bandits were captured by WPLG-TV looting Simon’s Sportswear store, with some stepping in and out of a broken window with pilfered goods despite Irma’s heavy winds and rain.
“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement. “Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe.”
Police said the group also burglarized a Cash America Pawn on Sunrise Blvd.
Local law enforcement officials in other Florida counties have issued warnings for those who plan to terrorize their communities.
Miami-Dade police nabbed 28 suspected looters as of midnight Sunday.
“Any looters who come to Pembroke Pines will be greeted by our officers,” the Pembroke Pines Police Department tweeted. “Choose wisely and stay home.”
“ATTENTION LOOTERS; Every incident will be investigated. Evidence collected will be used to pursue charges after the fact,” the Broward County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a tweet.