Miami police are cracking down on looters throughout the city, following the destruction from Hurricane Irma.
Authorities arrested over 50 people during the hurricane. Twenty-six of the suspects allegedly broke into a single Wal-Mart, according to a report by Reuters.
The city lifted the 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on Tuesday, but police will continue to deter looting by working 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day.
Deputy Chief of Police Luis Cabrera gave a warning to potential looters at a news conference.
“I said we would not tolerate criminal activity or looting or anybody who takes advantage of our residents. I was not joking.”
Police arrested three Wal-Mart looters on Saturday night, on the north side of Miami.
On Monday, six men were arrested for looting at the Midtown Miami shopping complex, where they stole items such as shoes, bags, and laptops.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said looting in the city is widespread, affecting every area of the city, rich or poor.
Rick Maglione, the police chief of Fort Lauderdale, warned residents against looting and asked them to just stay at home saying, “Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice.”
Miami police took to social media to warn Miami residents against the crime by posting a picture of looters sitting in a jail cell.
“Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out. #stayindoors.”
In addition to crime, police in Miami are dealing with with dangerous roadways riddled with downed power lines and trees. Regaldo said at the news conference that the situation was the worst the city had seen.
“We have never experienced, not even with Hurricane Andrew, the amount of trees that are downed in the city.”
[Feature Photo: Miami Police Department/Facebook]