Jacksonville, Florida, police stopped two alleged looters who were reportedly trying to take a large light pole in the middle of an intersection in broad daylight.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office posted a photo on Facebook of the shirtless suspects and the SUV they drove, with a grey light pole loaded on top of the vehicle.
‘These two were caught stealing a JEA pole just this morning! Citizens watching out and officers cleaning up = partnership! #HurricaneIrma”
These two were caught stealing a JEA pole just this morning! Citizens watching out and officers cleaning up = partnership! #HurricaneIrma
It’s still unclear why the suspects decided to take a light pole, but some social media users suggested they may have planned to sell it to a metal recycling facility. The incident happened while millions in Florida struggle with hot weather and no electricity in their homes. On Wednesday, the state reported that a little over 3 million people in The Sunshine State are living without electricity.
— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 10, 2017
So far, authorities arrested multitudes of people for looting in Florida after Hurricane Irma hit. However, the attempted light pole theft is the first of its kind during the aftermath of the tropical storm. The majority of other looters were caught trying to steal items from department stores, sporting goods stores, and pawn shops. On Sunday, authorities in Fort Lauderdale arrested nine people for reportedly trying to steal from a clothing store.
“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice. Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe,” Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione later tweeted.
— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 11, 2017
Other looters in Fort Lauderdale were caught trying to breaking into residential homes.
The Miami-Dade Police Department reported that in Miami alone, over 50 people have been arrested for looting, according to Reuters.
The state of Florida continues to send strong warnings that anyone caught looting can and will be arrested, and prosecutors intend to pursue maximum charges allowed.
[Feature Photo: Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office]