The Florida police so far seem to be doing quite a good job nailing looters and other troublemakers who think they can use the storm as a cover to commit crimes on the unsuspecting populace.
Yesterday, in Ft. Lauderdale, video spread quickly on social media of a store being broken into and robbed by thugs, provoking significant public outrage. Police wasted no time hunting down and capturing the perps:
Fort Lauderdale police arrested 9 people caught by Local 10 cameras looting Fort Lauderdale business despite the dangerous winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Irma
Local 10 cameras caught a group breaking into the Simon’s Sportswear on Sunrise Blvd. and Powerline Road.
The group of about 8-9 people broke through the front window and were seen walking in and then walking out with stolen items.
The group then began looting a Footlocker and CashAmerica Pawn Store in the same area.
Hours later, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department tweeted that they had caught the criminals.
“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” said Fort Lauderdale police chief Rick Maglione. “Stay home and look after your loved once and be thankful they are all safe.”
The Daily Mail had additional reports of police battling looters, when a SWAT team had to be called out to deal with thieves trying to steal guns from a sporting goods store:
Two people burst into an Orlando sporting store and allegedly stole guns, before facing off with SWAT in a standoff.
Shocking videos also emerged of gangs trying to break into stores and take advantage of deserted properties.
Police were called to the scene after witnesses reported a burglary at Academy Sports near the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, WESH reported.
Soon afterward, SWAT team officers arrived when it became clear the looters were allegedly trying to steal guns.
The Daily Mail also reports that thieves and looters are disguising themselves as utility workers to gain entrance into peoples’ houses in order to more easily rob them. I don’t envy the police right now; they will have their hands full.